By Don Bailey
Today's Scripture: Psalm 37:16-17
Central Thought: The wealth of wickedness brings no satisfaction to those who pursue it.
Ulcers-no one wants this painful and potentially dangerous condition. Though they can be caused by a variety of reasons, one of the more well-known causes is stress. Many financial consultants and stock brokers battle stress constantly. Their decisions can cost them and/or their clients a fortune. Such pressure to perform often robs them of the joy they want out of their money.
David, the writer of today's Psalm, knew both prosperity and poverty. When fleeing from Saul's murderous intentions, David lived often in primitive conditions. Later in life he lived in the luxuries of the king's palace. Some of David's most important experiences with God occurred during his most difficult times. Sadly, some of his worst failures occurred during the times of plenty while he was king.
We can learn much from David's experiences and from the lessons of life. Having a lot of possessions does nothing to make us closer to God. If we are not careful, abundance can become a problem spiritually. However, whether we have much or little, we can find true contentment by letting God's joy rule in our lives.
Devotional Prayer: Help me to place my trust in You and not in the things I have.
Today's Bible Reading: Job 1:1-3:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1-17; Psalm 37:12-29; Proverbs 21:25-26