Devotions By Jan

Silhouettes

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img_1874-1Scripture for Today:  I Timothy 6:17  “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.”

My eldest daughter had the terrific idea to make silhouettes of all the countries or states in which she had lived!  She framed them all and grouped them around the saying, “Home is where the heart is.”

I only recently learned that the word “silhouette” is actually a family name.  Etienne de Silhouette was an eighteenth century finance controller for the French government.  He so sorely taxed the wealthy, that they described their reduced fortune as a “silhouette” or a shadow of what once was.

Our verse for today speaks of the uncertainty of riches.  They are so ephemeral and fleeting that one cannot find security in an account balance.  Whether they are reduced by unexpected hospital bills, unemployment or taxes, there can never be peace of mind in a nest egg.  Hoping in riches is a losing proposition.  Any number of circumstances can reduce one’s riches to a “silhouette.”

How much better to fix one’s hope in a God who supplies every need!  His resources remain constant and untouchable regardless of the latest economic forecast.  He not only supplies but He richly supplies!  There is no end to what He does for His own.  I know, because I have seen Him come through over and over again!  He gives and gives and He does so to take pleasure in our grateful enjoyment!  What a beautiful giving heart He has!  What a slap in the face it must be to Him to see His children hoping and depending on themselves.

Thank you, Lord, for your unending daily provision!

(Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)

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