Verses to read: Psalm 23:1-2
We are living in a consumer-oriented society that is constantly promoting the idea that you can never have enough. The commercials on TV make it clear that we don’t drive the right car or wear the nicest clothes. Commercials tell our children that they need to have the “cool” toys, or wear a designer label to be part of the “in” crowd. They even push the latest cleaning products, promoting things like “new and improved” soaps. While advertisers are not the real root of the problem, they have learned to capitalize on the greed of the human heart. They have taught young and old alike that they can never have enough, and that whoever has the most toys, wins.
Our nation has fallen away from the simplicity of life. We’ve been fooled into believing the lie that we need to keep acquiring more and more possessions to be happy. But King David knew the true source of peace and contentment. He said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” (Psalm 23:1). Sure, we need a certain amount of “stuff” to live. But for David, all of that was secondary. His real passion was to be rich in God. He is all we really need.
Our Father watches over us and leads us “beside quiet waters.” He wants to lead us to a place of inner rest where our souls can find true peace—a peace that comes only from Him. Regardless of what the advertisers try to sell us, God Himself will always be sufficient for all our needs. He alone gives true peace.
- Do you have enough?
- If you were on a deserted island, what one thing would you want with you?
- Today, have you thanked God for being your peace and sufficiency?
Extra Bible reading: 2 Corinthians 3: 5 and Philippians 4: 19
Posted on Fri, February 3, 2017
by Jason Bernick