Today’s Scripture: Psalm 18:48-49 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

A middle-aged woman got a divorce from her husband, leaving her children behind, because they “couldn’t connect emotionally.” She said, “We had an incredible, functional marriage, and we believed ourselves to be happy, but people only have one shot in life.” Worse still, her ex-husband comes to the house every morning and gets the girls up and off to school. They still have family chats, have dinner together, and even vacation together!

What more could she want than what she already had? What was wrong with her “shot in life”? She thought she needed more, something bigger.

As Christians, we must beware of reasoning that counters reality. When we start comparing our lot with that of the Joneses next door, we’re setting ourselves up for a fall. The pursuit of gain is dangerous because it not only causes us to neglect God’s present goodness, but it constantly eludes us—when does more become enough? We then risk losing all that God gave us to begin with.

This downward spiral begins with ingratitude and ends in misery. Don’t go down this road! It’s a funnel: many start down the path, but few are able to return up the slippery slope that trapped them.

God has been so good to all of us. Let’s count our blessings. Let’s be thankful for His precious gifts. Let’s rejoice in our salvation. Let’s be content.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder