Proverbs Part 4
Message Summary: Toby shared how he is currently spending a lot of his life traveling and how much he depends on his backpack during his travels. He lost a power cord to a gadget he uses to charge his devices (watch, phone, etc.) and he started (mentally) blaming his family on where it could be. He had to purchase a new, overpriced charger from the airport and experienced a lot of anger and frustration in several moments but chose to stay silent and not bring it up to his family, then he found the original charger was in the backpack the whole time, but it was in a different pocket than he would normally use. Sometimes we don’t find what we’re looking for because we’re searching for it in the wrong place.
The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy – our response to situations matters and that’s what the enemy is after: our joy, peace, and wants to destroy our soul. We can get stuck living with regrets from our past or fear of the future. God wants so much more for us!
Jesus doesn’t want us to “make it” or “survive” until we reach heaven. He wants us to THRIVE NOW! We were designed for an abundant life, but our definition of abundance tends to incorporate the concept of “more”, which is dangerous – “more, better, faster.” Jesus is our daily bread, our living water, and teaches us to trust him every day for what we need one moment at a time. Truly, we just need to trust and depend on Jesus to experience the abundant life: daily – here and now.
- What have you been looking for, and have you considered you may be searching in the wrong places?
- What is your definition of abundance, and how does it line up with the biblical concept of abundance?
- What do you need to hand over to God for today, to trust his provision for today (regrets, fears, relationships)?
- How would your relationships and job change if you trusted God just for today rather than worrying about the future?
John 10:10 (NIV) – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV) – Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.