May 25, 2014

Leviticus 25:1-17; James 1:2-8, 16-18; Luke 12:13-21

How does my storing up prevent me from witnessing God? If I have a long busy week, I try to store up energy, emotions, and time. At times, I calculate if this person or activity is going to burn up too much of my resources. Then, I hold back from spending everything. I store up time to spend on my things, believing that those things will recharge me. Rest however, can only come from God.

The days I feel overwhelmed and totally spent are when I realize that by turning to God, he will provide for me. In his providing, I will grow and become a richer person towards him. When I store up for myself, it prevents me from being dependent on God and experiencing the peace, refreshing, and provision that God wants to give me.

Thinking about other things that people store up—money, promotions, hours at work, clothing, gadgets —takes brain power, calculation, and actual time.

All this takes away from time to spend thinking about God, reflecting on his messages, devotion, and prayer. All we store up will amount to nothing on the day we stand before Christ.

Prayer: God help me to focus more on my conversation with you than storing up for nothing. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt,
Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

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