November 22, 2023

Bob Maas
“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. ‘But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.’”
1 Chronicles 29:12-14

I believe that God is the sovereign creator of everything. That is one of the basic foundations of my faith. I also believe that He works out everything in conformity with His purpose and will. True wealth and honor comes from Him. However, His power, strength, and riches are primarily spiritual in nature and produce righteousness, peace, and joy for those who chose to align their lives with His purpose.

One of the most important things that I have learned in almost sixty years of following Jesus is the trustworthiness of God and His Word. He brought stability to my life and He makes everything that happens work for good, even if it appears to be going badly. My life in Him is the one constant that never changes. On the other hand, my life situation is always going up and down like a roller coaster. My circumstances may appear to be going well one minute and a simple phone call can tell me that something bad is happening. Either way, God is still the same and abiding in Him always produces a positive outcome.

When I give out of my finances, time or material blessings, I do it as an act of obedience to the Lord. I leave the results in God’s hand and put all of my expectations in Him because I know He is the ruler of all things and that He has the power to accomplish what is pleasing to Him. I am so very grateful for the riches of the inheritance I have as one of His children.