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The Danger In Looking Ahead

If we were asked to recall our favorite Super Bowl commercial, many of us could immediately recall several. The money spent on marketing plays on our desire to have bigger, better and tastier. The desire for more is a difficult urge to control, but we often find it equally difficult to enjoy what we have.

We must rejoice in the blessings we have in the present instead of constantly looking at what is next. The wealth God has given us has a purpose. Being a good steward of what we have now can lead to bigger responsibility in the future.

In 1 Samuel 16, Samuel anoints a young shepherd named David to be the future king of Israel. After Samuel anointed David, David's future was set. Instead of getting caught up in this future blessing, David immediately went back to taking care of his sheep. It was not time for him to be the king just yet, but he could still shepherd the sheep until he was appointed to the throne.  

Patience can be a challenge, but we serve a God who will provide. Our challenge is to honor what He has already provided for us because “wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 11:4).


  • What is one area of your life where you can celebrate your blessings?
  • If you have a desire for more, what is the purpose the more will serve in your life?

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