BY: Lynne Dyer
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BIBLE TEXT: Ecclesiastes 2: 24-26 (NLT): “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. Even this, however, is meaningless, like chasing the wind.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Everywhere I look in my own life and in the lives around me, I see abundance. Abundance in material things, in responsibilities, in schedules. What I don’t see in all this abundance is abundant living. God’s kind of abundant living. The only abundance really worth having. God recently revealed to me the reason for lack of abundant living in a brief devotional on a completely different topic: self-sufficiency.
In American culture, independence is a highly-prized quality. Who doesn’t want to work for himself? Who doesn’t want to feel capable of handling whatever the day holds? Who doesn’t want to be the woman who can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan? Independence was actually the character trait I remember my parents admiring and encouraging above all else when I was growing up. However, when I stop figuring out how I am going to handle life long enough to hear God, I hear Him whisper, “Lean on Me. Depend on Me. For everything. Always.” This principle is The Principle.
“You will have no other gods before Me.” Nothing comes before God, not even my own independence. That also means I should seek no other abundance besides God in abundance. I don’t think that means I can’t have material things and schedules, but I do think a change in focus is required. Instead of seeking abundant life, I need to be seeking The Giver of Abundant Life. God can set my priorities so that instead of being proud that I can stand on my own two feet, I can find true strength when I fall to my knees.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I don’t want to live any part of my life separate from God. I want to be in the routine of leaning on Him for everything, from conquering mounds of dirty laundry to surviving another round of cancer with a loved one. Again, I hear a whisper from God, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” That’s what I seek today. I want to do nothing apart from God.
PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for the opportunities You give me when my own resources, strength, and talents are worthless. Thank you for giving me no choice but to turn to You. You are my Abundance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne Dyer is the long-time (quarter of a century) wife of Ronnie and mom to Ginger, Rachel, and Matthew. She has spent the last sixteen years of her life homeschooling and looks forward to finishing this journey in the spring of 2012 (to God be the glory!). In addition, she has taught English and drama at Liberty Christian Academy to the best high school students in the world. Come next May, she will be seeking full-time employment. Anyone? Anyone?