Today’s Scripture: And he said unto them, take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15

One wise lecturer held up a cup of water to his class and asked them how much it weighed. There was a wide range of guesses as each student tried to figure out the exact weight. Finally, the lecturer shared with them, “The weight of this water is irrelevant. Judging its exact weight is not the lesson I desire to teach to you today. What is actually important is how long I can hold this cup of water. I could hold it for a few minutes without a problem. After half an hour, my arm would begin to grow tired, and after an hour, it would become sore. If I continued to hold it all day, you would most likely need to call an ambulance. The lesson here is that a small burden, if carried for a long period of time, can become a very heavy burden. Sometimes you need to set your burdens down.”

Worrying about wealth is one such burden. In Luke chapter 12, we see a perfect example of someone worrying about material things. Two brothers were in a dispute over their inheritance and asked Christ to intervene. Instead of siding with one or the other, Jesus gave a lesson about covetousness that we can still learn from today. Honestly, if we can eliminate covetousness from our lives, we are going to be far happier.

Warren Wiersbe commented, “Worry is deceptive, it gives us a false view of life, of itself, and of God. Worry convinces us that life is made up of what we eat and what we wear. We become so concerned about the means that we totally forget about the end, which is to glorify God.” Things will take care of themselves if you are faithful and serving the Lord. Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment; those are the things we should trust the Lord to provide. We should be thankful for what we have and enjoy what the Lord has already blessed us with rather than always being worried about not having enough. Don’t let worry deceive you. Wealth doesn’t make your life better, so set the cup down.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.