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Mar
31

The Tomb of Temporal Riches

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him." (Psalm 49:15-17)
Observation
The contrast of life with riches here on earth, prosperity and the tomb of temporal poverty - - that is what the Psalmist lyrics describes.

The plight to desire and seek riches and rewards here on earth seems to be "too alive" in my heart at times. The awe of other peoples accomplishments and successes warps my thoughts and I get wrapped up in day dreaming for the temporal treasures of this world.

C'mon Rod!!! You should know better!!!! (slap face, slap face!) Wake up Rod!!
Application
Whew!!!! I needed those spiritual slaps - one on the right and one on the left side of my spiritual heart!!!!!

Living in an unfinished house can be stressful. The responsibility and desire to finish can linger firmly on Beckie's and my minds. It's easy in vulnerable times to be "overawed" with someone else's riches and treasures. It's my responsibility to Wake up - to be alive in spirit and know God's heart involving the benefits of laying up treasures in heaven, versus, building up temporal riches here on earth.

So Rod...

Don't live for temporal riches that end up becoming rags anyway. Everything temporal thing under the sun will get worn, old and ragged. Even the most well kept house, car, item...will turn to a "rag" someday...time will tell.
Prayer
Dear Daddie,

May I always be overawed with who You are rather than the riches, treasures, successes or applause of this world! I know my splendor is to be fully surrendered to You in heart, word, thought and life!! I love You and am soo-oo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o Very Thankful that You have given me abundant life!!!

Devotions for March 31

Judges 9,10
Psalms 49
1 Corinthians 16

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