Adam’s Devotional – September 24-30, 2020

From Adam…

Proverbs 30:8-9 goes like this:

Remove from me falsehood and lying,
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,
or I shall be full, and deny you,
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or I shall be poor, and steal,
and profane the name of God.

The truth is that we can’t do this life of faith alone. The idea that we can do it by ourselves or that we are supposed to is a lie. It’s a lie. It’s a falsehood. The lie is that there is something wrong with us if we can’t go it alone. Our culture encourages us to get more than we need – to get more than enough – more likes, followers, friends, money, popularity, and power. If we have more than we need, then we fool ourselves into thinking we won’t need anyone, and we won’t need God. On the other end of the spectrum, if we never get any needs met, we experience a poverty of loneliness that leads us to cut corners in relationships. We gossip about others or tear down and dismiss those around us. We avoid asking for what we need and steal belonging and acceptance instead. Proverbs is reminding us of the truth. God is the One who provides. Where are you on this falsehood spectrum right now? Are you desperately trying to get more likes, followers, friends, money, popularity, and power than you need?  Or are you experiencing poverty and trying to steal the belonging God has already given you in Christ? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

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