The rich he has sent away empty

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home. Luke 1:46-56

Have you ever found yourself at a point in your life where everything is going great? No problems at work, family is doing well and they are all healthy. The kids are doing great in school. Life is good. Then you realize that is has been a long time since you talked to God. When everything is going our way it is easy to forget God.

In today’s verses known as The Magnificat which is Latin for my soul magnifies or also known as the Song of Mary we have a song/prayer of Mary in which she says that “the rich he has sent away empty”. So, does God hate the rich or at least not have time for them. No, God does not hate, he loves everyone. There is a temptation when someone is rich to think that they accomplished everything own their own. In the US we love the story of the self-made man. Just as I can forget God when everything is going well so can someone who has all the material things they need. You do not have to be rich to be susceptible to this problem; we all tend to put God aside until we need Him.

Money like many things can take God’s place in our lives. Not all idols are carved out of stone or wood. An idol is anything we want or worship more than God. The problem with having a lot of anything is for some reason we always want more and more. So strong can that desire to have more be that we can tune out everything else.

When we have every material need met and want for nothing we can fall into the trap that we do not need God. What could God possibly give us that we do not already have? We become content with worldly goods and seek nothing else. God has bigger plans. His plan is eternal. For no matter how rich or powerful we are one thing is certain, we will not live forever and we cannot take any of the world’s wealth with us when we die.

It is not that God does not want Christians to be successful in this world; He just wants us to keep our eye on the eternal prize. Too often we let the world get in the way,

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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