It is a great thing to learn to take God first. Then He can afford to give us everything else without the fear of it hurting us.
As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol. When you become satisfied with God, however, everything else loses its charm and He can give it to you without it harming you. Then you can take just as much as you choose and use it for His glory.
There is no harm whatever in having money, houses, lands, friends and children if you do not value these things or ones for themselves.
If you have been separated from them in spirit and become satisfied with God Himself, then they will become to you channels to be filled with God and to bring Him nearer to you. Then every little lamb around your household will be a tender cord to bind you to the Shepherd's heart. Then every affection will be like a golden cup filled with His love, that you can drink in. Then every bank, stock and investment will be but a channel through which you can pour out His benevolence and extend His grace. You can enjoy all good things when they are in their proper order.
"Epbraim, he hath mixed himself—" Hosea 7:8
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!