The earth is the Lord’s and everything that fills it, the world and all who live in it, because he founded it on the seas, and he established it on the rivers.
Dear Heavenly Father,
What a wonderful reminder that everything is yours and nothing is ours, especially during this economic uncertainty and rising inflation. Regardless of what is happening around us, all we have is yours, and you will give us what we need to sustain ourselves.
Lord, through your Holy Spirit and by faith, teach us to be good stewards of the blessings you have given us. Please instill in us love for you that we would not waste the gifts you have given us but use them to properly support ourselves and our families while we are on this earth.
All that we have, be it much or little, is provided by you: our clothes, shelter, food, spouses, and children, all given to us for your good purpose. So, out of faith and love for what you have done for us, may we serve you. Please forgive me when I thought all this was mine, and I struggle with sharing your blessings with others.
Lord, more importantly than sustaining our lives with physical blessings, you also care for our every spiritual need. You feed and clothe our souls through your Word and sacraments. In Your Word, we hear about Jesus’ death on the cross, and by faith in Him, we receive the forgiveness He won for us for all our sins. His death gives us life and salvation, and this gift is more incredible than acquiring the entire world. Through Your sacraments, we receive the forgiveness of sins, the ongoing assurance that our sins are forgiven, and the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith.
Thank you for this reminder that everything in this world is yours, along with all believers. Guide us to be content with all you have given so we remember that the more excellent gift still awaits: to be with you in heaven. Let us share this good news with those who do not know about you or your good gifts so they may hear of your love and mercy and believe in Jesus, their Savior. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
God has given you all you need to sustain yourself, including your faith in Jesus. For Jesus’ sake, you are forgiven so that by that faith in him, God makes heaven your eternal home.