Today we’re SOAPing 1 Corinthians, chapter 10. Here’s are journal entry…
For the earth and every good thing in it belongs to the Lord and is yours to enjoy. ~
1 Corinthians 10:26
The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians is Paul’s encouragement to avoid idol worship of every kind. God has made everything, and every good thing belongs to Him, and He lets us enjoy all the good things He has made.
How we enjoy the good things He gives us turns into proper praise or improper praise.
When we receive the good things around us with an acknowledgment that they are formed by God and given to us from God, then we are properly giving praise to the Creator of all good things.
When we receive the good things God gives us, but use them to give us glory, power, and boost our ego, then we give improper praise where it is not due.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. ~ 1 Timothy 6:17
This is why it doesn’t matter how much money a person has to God. You can be very rich, but have a heart that constantly praises and gives credit to God, and you can be very poor yet hold on firmly to everything you own as if it’s your source of identity.
To avoid allowing “things” or “people” to become an idol to you, remember God made every thing and every person, and they belong to Him. Thank God for the gifts around you, the people who live life with you, and the beautiful nature that surrounds you.
Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made. ~ John 1:3
Create a heart that constantly gives praise and thanksgiving to God who gives such good and wonderful things to you. Give Him glory for the people He places in your life – the ones that help you grow, support you, and encourage you. Thank Him for these people.
Lord, every thing I see and everyone I know has been made from Your hands. You created them, you formed them, you know them. And then you placed them here in front of me, to enjoy. Thank you for all the good gifts you have placed in my life. Thank you for the wonderful works of Your hands, that I get to experience. ~ Amen