Devotions for February 13, 2017

GENESIS 1:1-9

1 At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. 2 As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia[a] and settled there.

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.”

5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”

8 In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why the city was called Babel,[b] because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.

FORMULA FOUNDATION

When it comes to money, I don’t know if there’s any more important variable to determine then, “Am I giving to God, or is God giving to me?”. The way we answer this question, will determine not only how we use and interact with God and money, but God and everything.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How we think about money reflects what we believe about our God. Are we the sole creator of our provision, or is God?

Q: Does your spending, the way you treat your finances or how you handle your money reflect trust in God? If not, why?

Q: Think about a time when you really trusted God with your finances. What was the outcome? If you can’t say you’ve trusted God with your finances yet, what would that look like for you? How could you demonstrate trust in Him with your finances?

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