"Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift from God." NIV
"And every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift from God." KJV
Many teachers and religious leaders try to convince us that all we have to do is claim the material wealth of God by saying it is ours. Or, if we give something away, God will return to us riches and blessing. While God does bless those who give, he does not bless those who give in order to get something in return. Neither does he lavish material wealth on those who feel entitled. He pours out wealth and possessions by His grace, as a gift from His unending love.
Heavenly Father, we are in need of Your forgiveness for accepting ways to acquire wealth and possessions. Help us to remember that we are to be content with what we have and desire more of You. We thank You and praise You for the many blessings You have freely given us and we worship and praise You no matter what we have here on this earth. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC