Power for Today

Storing Away

Luke 12 (NIV)

Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger one, and there I will store all my grain and my goods' (Luke 12:18, NIV)

THE LITTLE squirrel searched for just the right place to hide the acorn protruding from his mouth. He found the spot and began to dig furiously. When the hole was ready, he deposited his treasure and covered it up. Then he turned and saw me sitting in the truck. He scurried over to a large tree near my location and he planted his paws on the t ruck and began chattering away at me. I rolled down the window and told him, "Don't worry, I won't take your acorn and I won't tell any of the other squirrels where you hid it." Other than the concern I had for myself speaking to a squirrel, I also thought of the Lord's warning about misplacing my trust.
God gave that little squirrel the instinct to store away food for the winter. We are also taught to be good stewards with the material goods and money He s ends our way. I believe stewardship requires we store away for our old age. However, we are not to put our trust in things or in the money we have stored away.
Instead, we should put our faith and trust in Christ. If the stock market collapses and the world economy should fold, He will still take care of His own. So, today as you are busy scurrying about your world, remember to put your trust in the One who made your acorns rather than in your acorns.

Master, may we ever put our trust in You. Help us today to remember how You provide for us always. Let us lay up our treasures in heaven. In Jesus' name. Amen.
- MARK YOUNG, Norman, Oklahoma