It’s that time again. Time for another devotion by Alexis A. Goring.
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring
“I want you to want Me more than money.”
These are the words I felt God speak to my heart.
As a creative professional at this stage of my career, money has not been flowing steadily into my life. So I’ve been on hunt for more work that pays well. I admit that sometimes, I may be more focused on making money than making time to get to know God better.
What I failed to realize on my journey for stability in my work is that what God has in store for me (and you) is far greater than anything I could ever ask or imagine. The Bible says that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)
What God has waiting for us is greater than anything this world can offer.
There’s a song by William McDowell called “Withholding Nothing.” It’s been on replay on my song list for several weeks now because it feels like God is speaking to me every time I listen to this medley, especially the part where McDowell stops singing and starts preaching. He says: “I’m not after the blessings. I’m not after the things. I’m after the presence of God. Because when you get God, you get everything else that you need. You can seek after things but miss God, but if you seek after God, the things will come!”
Ultimately, this song is about surrender. Completely surrender your life, your dreams, your desires, your plans, your money to God (He only asks for 10 percent of every income) … and see how God moves in your life!
Pastors have often mentioned in their sermons that everything we have is on loan from God. The Psalmist says in Psalm 50:12 (NLT), “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.”
Our possessions are not our own. Everything we have is a blessing from God. It was God who gave us the ability to work and earn money. God is the one who provides our every need.
Quite often, especially when pursuing “The American Dream” it is easy to forget about God as we hustle hard to get what we want and make our own version of this dream come true. It’s easy to rush into our to-do list soon after waking up and not spending time with God first. It’s easy to think that everything is on us to provide for our every need or the needs of our family. But God wants us to hit the pause button, look up to Heaven and thank Him for all He’s done and will continue to do in our life. He wants our undying love and loyalty. He wants to spend time with us every day and show us the way we should go. God is the best Guide, Advisor and Provider you could ever ask for! All He wants is our devotion, reverence and respect. God wants us to trust Him and seek Him first before we chase after all the attractions of this world.
I hope that you will listen to this song and reflect. Maybe God wants to speak to you too about the topic of surrender. I know, it’s hard to trust when we’re a year into this pandemic and money-yielding jobs are not easy to find or keep. However, I hope and pray that you will trust God to be your provider in every way.
I’ve learned that no matter what, God always has my back! Even in this pandemic and job shortage, He has continued to provide my every need. I choose to trust Him and spend more time with Him. I want everything that He has in store for me, so I surrender all to God, withholding nothing. Won’t you choose to trust Him too?
In closing, I’d like for you to watch this motivational message called “When Life Hurts You.”
Be encouraged. The Creator of the sun, moon and stars looks at you with love. He (God) will always take care of you. You can trust Him with everything. You are special to Him!
Thanks so much, Alexis. It certainly encouraged me as a writer.