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2 Their land is filled with silver and gold,
and there is no end to their treasures;
their land is filled with horses,
and there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is filled with idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their own fingers have made.
Verse 7 describes the wealth of Israel some 700 years before the time of Jesus. We are privileged today to live in a country with the world’s greatest economy.
The United States accounts for 25% of the world’s entire gross national product. California’s economy is larger than all but six other nations. Texas’ economy is the same as Russia. Without a doubt, we are privileged to live in a country blessed by financial prosperity.
Verse 8 is a serious warning to prosperous people. In case you don’t feel wealthy and think this doesn’t apply to you, please know that if you have a car or a TV set, you are wealthy in comparison to the majority of people in the world.
When life is going well for people, it is easy to think we don’t need God. It is not that we openly choose to disregard God completely. We usually try to worship God and the gods.
Here’s a simple test for us. What do we fully rely on in place of completely trusting God? Try taking an inventory of your life, like Alcoholics Anonymous teaches. Ask God this simple question: “God, is there anything that is standing in my way of trusting you completely?”
Dear God, I pray a simple prayer today. What is there in my life that is standing in my way of completely trusting you? Please give me the grace and power to remove it and to fully trust you.
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