November 2nd, 2017 – DEVOTE

Back on September 3rd, my bride’s birthday, our parked car was hit by another driver. No one was it in, so no one was hurt. The cost to fix the car in comparison to it’s worth didn’t equal out, so the insurance company totalled our car. Funny thing was, we just paid it off, like five months before. And of course, the insurance company didn’t give us what we thought our car was worth. It wasn’t an expensive car… or even a luxury car… but it was our car that we hoped to drive for many years yet to come.

During the weeks that followed, I looked at many cars. Cars I found on the internet… cars along the side of the road… cars being sold by dealerships. I knew what I was looking for, but I just couldn’t find it. I had only a limited amount of money from the payoff, so wanted to stick as close to that figure as possible. I kept hitting roadblocks.

I found a couple of cars I really liked. They were the right color… they had the size engine I was looking for… they had those things my bride wanted in a car… plus they had low mileage.

But every time I sat down with the dealer or owner of the car, we couldn’t agree upon a price. One dealer, whose car had really caught my eye, wouldn’t budge from his asking price. We weren’t far away from each other, but I knew how much I had and how far I was willing to go and when to stop. He kept wanting me to match his price because he knew I really liked the car and he was pretty sure I’d just give in and agree to pay what he wanted.

When I finally reached over his desk to shake his hand, and thank him for his time, getting ready to walk away from his car, he asked me if I was seriously going to walk away? I looked at him and told I was. He even asked me why, since I really like the car? Here’s what I told him, “Everything I have belongs to God. My wife and family… my home… my cars… even my money. I’m going to have to give an account one day of what I did with what He gave me, and I want to be able to tell my God, I used it wisely without spending more than I had.

Here’s what we’re reminded of in the Bible…
“The earth and everything on it belong to the LORD. The world and its people belong to Him.” Psalm 24:1 CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today; It’s true… It all belongs to God. Use whatever He gives you in the best way possible. Use it knowing it’s been given to you by the One who owns it all.

Thank You for what I have and what I don’t have. Help me to use what You’ve given me wisely. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.  

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen