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Living above Our Means

Anchor Devotional - 11.16.16


But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:8

Before my first job loss experience, I was making the highest salary of my career. We were living in the best location possible for us and sending our younger kids to premier private schools while supporting our other kids in college. We tithed at least 10%. Things looked great for us.

I have realized that when you are promoted and receive a much higher salary, there is a strong tendency and temptation to forget the former days and think that you have finally “made it,” to start living a lifestyle above your means. There is nothing like the painful experience of job loss to undo this kind of mindset.

In Matthew 6:25 Jesus asked if life was not more important than food and the body more than clothing. “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith” (v.30)? God will provide the job and income that you need. It may not necessarily be the job and income you desired, but it will be what you need to fulfill His call and find your heart- satisfaction in Him.

Scripture Focus

1 Timothy 6:3-19; Proverbs 30:7-9

Insight

God will provide for tomorrow and supply our most fundamental needs. By giving us Jesus, He already has!

Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 11-12
  • Psalm 136
  • Ephesians 3-4