June 24

Psalm 16:1-6

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.” vs. 6

Many followers of Jesus end up with more possessions than they ever dreamed that they would have. They live in large comfortable homes and drive luxurious vehicles. They go on cruises to exotic places and take vacations trips to distant parts of the world. Their retirement funds have been well invested and their lives will be secure for as long as they live. It’s not unusual in such circumstances to have regular feelings of guilt, particularly when we see the large numbers of people in our world who live in poverty with none of the material comforts that we hold dear. How is it that we have so much when others have so little? We know it’s not because of our hard work…many poor people work much harder than we do. Mostly it’s because we live in the richest country in the world and have had the benefit of wonderful education and work opportunities. So how shall we deal with our affluence? The psalmist would simply give thanks to God…the boundary lines had fallen for him in pleasant places and he had a goodly heritage. The same is true for us. Feeling guilty about our prosperity serves no purpose at all. Instead we should rejoice in the fact that we have the opportunity to be unbelievably generous! We can give away enormous amounts of money and goods, more than we ever dreamed, and we can do enormous good for the hurting people of the world. And so we will!

Thought for the Day: How much is enough?

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