Morning Devotional: A Reflection on the Messiah

I read these Scriptures this morning:

In His hands are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also; 5. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:4, 5

I thought about Genesis Chapter 1 and the truth that God the Father spoke and the world came into existence. As Hebrews states, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.” (Heb. 11:3)

Considering that this Psalm mentions God forming the dry land with His hands, my mind hopped on a train of thought that landed on the following Scriptures as I envisioned Jesus the Son of God  forming the dry land with His hands as the Father spoke:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” (John 1:1-3)

“In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. 3. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word…”(Hebrews 1:2, 3)

Through these Scriptures I gained a clear visual of the Father speaking and the Son doing. This truth aligns with the Words Jesus spoke on earth:

“…I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things the same way.” (John 5:19)

It is beautiful to reflect on the relationship between the Father and the Son. This relationship is for the Father’s relationship with all those who become His children. We become God’s children by receiving and believing the Words He gave us through His Son (John 14:10), namely the truth that Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice to cover the penalty of sin which is death (1 John 4:10; 1 John 2:2; John 3:15). Once we are born again and become children of God by receiving in the Son (John 1:12) we get the privilege of imitating God through the power of Holy Spirit following the Son of God’s example.

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. 2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. (Ephesians 5:1,2)

Additional Scriptures for reflection:

The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. 34. For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. 36. The one who believes has eternal life, but the one who does not believe will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him. (John 1:33-36)

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Teachings of Jesus Part Five: Uncertain Riches

The last post took a deep plunge into teachings of Scripture. Before I continue to swim at that depth I thought it would be a good idea to come a little closer to the surface for now and present Jesus teaching concerning riches. Please take a look at the following parable:

He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.” ’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared — whose will they be? ’ “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:16‭-‬21‭

One major desire that simplifies God’s will for man is found in Micah 6:8:

Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

The LORD does not desire for mankind to be bogged down with burdensome rules, regulations, and commandments (1 John 5:3). He is not aiming to restrict and oppress, but to liberate and save (John 8:31,32). His desire is for us to do good, be faithful, and walk humbly before Him.

There is wisdom to glean from the lesson Jesus taught, wisdom to help us navigate through life on earth in pursuit of an eternal rather than temporal kingdom. The man in the parable was not concerned with his relationship with the living God who made him and to Whom he would one day give account. He spent his days storing treasures that would quickly fade and he could not even say what the fate of his possessions would be.

Solomon was blessed with riches as well as wisdom (1 Kings 3:12-4; 1 Kings 4:29-34). In fact God fashioned Solomon’s heart with a wisdom unique and incomparable throughout human history. Solomon prayed for a heart to discern how to lead the people of God properly and it pleased the LORD. As a result God responded with a great blessing for Solomon. Listen to the words of this wise man about riches:

Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven. (Proverbs 23:5)

Solomon declared riches have an uncertain nature. Money can be here today and gone tomorrow. The temporal nature of money is hidden when people rely on it for security. There is a deception associated with riches that cause people to choose riches instead of God to provide their sense of self-worth, security, future, etc. Jesus taught that no one can serve God and money (Matthew 6:24). It is hard for a person who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:17-31).

Scripture makes it clear that money and riches in and of themselves are not the issue, it is the love of money that is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). There are some who desire to be rich, and this desire leads to an endless pursuit of riches. That desire leads to a fall into temptation and a snare:

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9,10)

The lesson here is that the value and essence of life is not determined by our possessions and riches (Luke 12:15). Many who have great possessions and riches are utterly devoid of God’s Spirit. The topic of the world’s view of riches versus the Scriptures teachings on riches is vast. Jesus spoke alot about money/riches and it was not from the standpoint of storing it up and planning life around it.

Now is a good time to transition to full reliance on the LORD of all for provision and purpose. Perhaps you have been guilty of relying on riches and not pursuing richness in a relationship with God. It’s not too late. Study the actions of Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10). Zaccheus once trusted in riches and did crooked things to obtain them. He repented. He forsook that life to follow the life God desired for him. You can do the same.

If we are already familiar with the truth of what Scripture teaches about money/riches, let us grow and be strengthened in it.

Prayer:

Father God,

Thank You for being our exceeding and great reward. Heavenly Father please help us to cling to the truth of Your Scripture concerning money and life. Deliver us from deceit and falsehood. Please forgive us for anything we have done concerning money and riches that has been unpleasing to You. Please fashion our hearts to desire You above all and to endure what we must to enter Your eternal kingdom. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.