Are you guilty of robbing God?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, ” `My house will be a house of prayer’ ; but you have made it `a den of robbers.’ ”
(Luke 19:45-46 (NIV))

Are we guilty of making God’s house something different than a house of prayer?

Think about all the activities that go on in your individual churches. We all have the activities. We fellowship. We enjoy meals with each other. We study and learn about God’s Word. We instruct our children according to what we have been taught.

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 (NIV))

We greet friends. We care for those in need. We come together to live out what we know to be God’s desires for our lives according to the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.

These things are not what makes God’s house a den of robbers. These are the very things that we are supposed to be doing.

It is the other things that we do that makes it a den of robbers. We have all been guilty of these things at one point or another. The things that we do out of greed or selfishness. The things that we do when we don’t give all that we can to God’s work. This can be both through our money and our talents. We cheat God and we cheat ourselves.

No one is perfect. We all have our days when we would rather not do anything. We all have our days when we simply feel the weight of the world upon us and we shut out all that God is offering. These are momentary lapses and are not a believers true self. We rob God when we constantly seek what benefits us. The money changers sought what benefited them. They didn’t care where they were when they took advantage of people. It is this type of attitude that makes us rob God.

Take a serious look at your actions. Are you guilty of robbing God?

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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