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“I thought to myself, ‘Come now, I will try self-indulgent pleasure to see if it is worthwhile.’ But I found that it also is futile” (Ecclesiastes 2:1, New English Translation). Many people live with the belief that “things” make us happy. The more things we possess, the happier we become. They devote their lives to accumulating more and more, always chasing happiness through what they possess. Solomon speaks of this in Ecclesiastes chapter 2. He built houses, planted vineyards, constructed pools, added livestock, and amassed money and valuable treasures. He brought in musicians to entertain, and he surrounded himself with…

“Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away”  (Luke 21:33 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). I had a passing thought this morning as I was cleaning and dusting my collectables that require constant care.  One of these days the world as I know it will pass away.  It doesn’t matter how much they cost or who gave the items to me, they will be gone.  Things don’t come to stay, they come to pass. In our devotional verse, Jesus was speaking to His disciples about the importance of His Kingdom and being…

More! The best! To possess it first! It seems as soon as we obtain one thing there is another that we must have too. Dresses and shoes sit in our closets, often with price tags still attached, while we shop for more.

“The person with the most toys wins!” Whether those words would ever come out of our mouths or not, that is exactly how we live.

We worry and fret that our best will never be good enough and that our friends and neighbors will upstage us. What a waste of time.

There is one way to ensure that we always have all that we need.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:34).

Prayer: Dear God, help us to remember that as long as You’re all we want, we will have all that we need.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock