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Big Deal: God or Money?

‘…You cannot serve both God and Money.’ Matthew 6:24 NIV

The Bible is full of stories with unexpected twists.

Case study: Exodus 32. All the Israelites have witnessed a serious case of God kicking Pharaoh’s backside and yet here they are by Exodus 32 giving thanks and praise to a gold cow! If the Israelites had a brain between them at this point, it would probably fit comfortably into a matchbox. C’mon, how does a chunk of metal with hooves compare to the almighty Creator of the universe? Those old-time Israelites sure had it all wrong… not like us wonderfully wise Christians today, eh? Hmm… wonder what those way-back-when Israelites would make of the little rectangles of precious plastic we feed into holes in the wall?

This is about money, of course. That’s our main rival to God, isn’t it? We make such a big deal about earning, spending and saving we may as well be giving it our full worship. We see money as the keys to comfort, the tickets to happiness and the vouchers to security.

But happiness isn’t found in the “ka-ching” of a cash till. Listen: ‘Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”’ (Hebrews 13:5 NIV) What’s your big deal about: God or money?

If it’s money, have a talk to Him today about resetting your priorities.

SoulFood: Eph 5:21–33 , S of S 2:1–7, Ps 45, Prov 5:15–19

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2016

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