Bible Promise for the Day – The Retirement Plan That Cannot Fail

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Matthew 6:20,21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

There is no doubt that the economy is currently unpredictable and unstable right now. Gas prices are changing, large companies are shutting down stores or declaring bankruptcy (Hanjin and SunEdison), politics continues to show little promise of a better tomorrow. Social security is running out and stocks and bonds just aren’t that reliable anymore. Health problems, often unpredictable, can also eat away at life savings.

The believer, however, has a very sure future. It is based on the faithfulness of God Himself. While earthly banks can break and investments can fail, even in gold, but investing in God’s work and serving Him will produce a guaranteed manifold return in the future.

God wants each believer to bank on Him. He cannot fail, or be overthrown. What He promises He will deliver – it’s just a matter of time. Everything around you that you see will be gone one day. Even today, possessions and riches can quickly be lost due to crime, inflation, cyber crime, and more.

It’s time to take stock, Christian, in the things that really matter. You cannot take anything from here with you, in the way of riches or rewards. Even if you could – it would not be worth anything up there.

Jesus once told a parable of a rich fool (Luke 12:16-21). The man said he would build bigger barns to keep his bumper crops in, and that he would eat, drink, and be merry from then on. That is exactly what many people want today. They want to retire early and take it easy. The problem with this, Jesus said, was that the man did not take eternity into account. He had absolutely nothing laid up in Heaven waiting for him – and he lost his own soul, too! He lived as though this world was all that there is – how wrong he was!

How true it is that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. If your heart is inclined to seek for riches which cannot last, then you will have no time to build up riches in glory, either. It is one or the other.

A missionary of the past, Jim Elliot, said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Will your retirement plan extend beyond this life?

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Bible Promise for the Day – Success for the Believer

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 1:2,3 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

The world talks an awful lot about success today. It seems that many people – leaders, gurus, etc., want to be the ones to charge you a lot of money to tell you how to do it. Many of them actually have succeeded in life and have the money to show for it.

The problem with this is that it is not the goal that God has in mind when He mentions success for the believer. Nor do the world’s methods lead to the riches that God wants to give you. Why such a vast difference? To the world, success means to go after and gain the things this life offers, and they have no thought for eternity.

Some Christian leaders like to talk about a health-wealth Gospel. They teach that if you are saved and right with God that you will be prosperous and wealthy. This teaching, of course, is not found in the Bible. What is promised in the New Testament is that God will take care of your needs as you serve Him faithfully.

Our Bible verses for today, Psalm 1:2,3, talk about meditating on the Word. The word “law” refers to the Bible. God wants us to meditate on His Book so that it will become the focus of our thoughts, which will then become the driving force behind our actions.

The meditation on the Word spoken of here is not like some forms of secular meditation where you focus on nothing and empty your mind. God never wants His children to empty their mind. Instead, He desires that we fill our minds with the pure Word of God and think about Him and His truths. This will often result in:

  • Praise to Him
  • Direction for our lives and service toward God
  • Cleansing of our hearts and minds
  • Leading in our actions toward others.

These two verses tell us that God will bless all we do on the condition that we meditate daily on His Word and conform our lives to it. His Word is powerful and it can change your thoughts and lives – to where God will be able to bless you. Daily meditation is easiest when we memorize key verses, then we can think on them at various times during the day.

Now Christian, there’s the promise. Do you want to have success and blessing from Him? There’s the key! What verse will you memorize and think about today?

Bible Promise for the Day – Going for the Real Gold

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

We live in a day when mediocrity abounds. Yes, there are those who put forth greater effort than many others in their responsibilities, but they are often looked at as being unique, or even odd. Others tell them to slow down and enjoy life more.

Of course, we all recognize that no Olympian ever won gold, and no entrepreneur ever succeeded in business with that kind of an attitude. They recognize the value of never giving up, and not slowing down. And you can be sure that the Olympian that won the gold is glad that they did not slow down or practice with less than everything they’ve got.

Born-again Christians need to take this same attitude. Paul tells us to not “be weary” in serving God. Keep going. Remember, too, that there is a crown to be won and that God will greatly reward faithfulness in your service toward Him. He sees it all.

The Olympians practice for years to gain gold that is temporary. The rewards that God will give are forever. This is why God tells us that where our treasure is – the things we greatly value – that’s where our heart will be. When we forget about Heaven’s riches, and focus on earth’s short-lived glory or gain, we lose the eternal riches and rewards we could have gained.

If you have slacked off in your service to God, which is easy to do, why not get back in the battle today? He will gladly help you all along the way. Life is short, and there’s only a little time to earn eternal rewards.