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"The child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him".
Luke 2:40, NIV
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THIS POWERFUL WORD
A FLOURISHING TREE
Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28
JULY 6 - PROVERBS 11:24-30
God created us to be filled by Him, not by the things that the world around us often insists will satisfy our longing hearts. This tension is hardly new. Proverbs contrasts two ways of life: a life spent pursuing riches versus a life grounded in loving God and giving generously. In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases Proverbs 11:28 like this: “A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.”
What a picture! Two ways of life: one flourishing and fruitful, one hollow and barren. The world insists that material abundance equals “the good life.” In contrast, God invites us to be rooted in Him, to experience His goodness, and to flourish fruitfully. And as we’re shaped by our relationship with Him, God reshapes our hearts and desires, transforming us from the inside out.
Reflect & Pray
When has an undue focus on material things become a major spiritual struggle for you? What helps you keep your desires in proper perspective? Father, thank You for the good gifts You give. Help me to keep putting my trust in You rather than the stuff of this world.