Grace and peace be unto you.
I invite you to take a moment and list all the resources that God has given you including your senses. Then, answer this question, “Am I using them in a manner that glorifies him?” God gave us his resources to do his work and glorify his name (Matthew 25:14-29). Occasionally, some of us forget that everything belongs to God (Deuteronomy 10:14) and claim ownership. As such, we use his resources to our delight and his displeasure.
The story is told that God was angry with the Israelites and made his displeasure known through the prophet Hosea. He stated that they misused the resources he gave them. These include wine, oil, grain, gold, and silver. Rather than using his blessings to honor him, they used them to worship Baal. Consequently, he promised to take them away (Hosea 2:8-13).
When God looks at our thoughts and deeds, is he inclined to take away his resources? Or does he want to give us more? Sometimes, we are unaware that we are mismanaging his resources. Other times, we know but find it challenging to change course. Still yet, there are those moments when we do not care about God’s opinion, and so, we knowingly misuse his resources.
Irrespective of the situation that describes you, God is asking you to spend more time in his presence, and he will guide you to use his resources efficiently and effectively. Scripture says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
Heavenly Father, thanks for your great love. Forgive us for misusing your resources. Please help us to use them for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.