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Friday, October 24, 2008

Hope for Homeowners



DAY TEN: Friday, October 24, 2008

Read Matthew 6:22-34

"Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well." Matthew 6:33 (NCV)


Traditionally, the government and most lenders consider a homeowner who spends 30% or more of his or her income on housing costs to be financially burdened. But that definition now applies to almost 38% of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage - 19 million of them. Another 7.5 million homeowners spend at least half of their income on housing. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

One of the government's recent efforts to deal with the mortgage crisis bore the name: Hope for Homeowners. While good people disagree on how involved the federal bureaucracy should be in this crisis - one thing we need to remember - God is already involved!

When Christ encouraged us not to worry about our material possessions the reason was clear: God knows and promises to meet the needs of His children. Obviously He doesn't always meet them in the manner and time we dictate. Usually He has something better for us and He leads us on a journey we may not have expected - but one that eventually leads to His ample provision for all of our needs - including our need for housing.

What is the key? Jesus put it succinctly: "Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your needs will be met as well."

Action step for today: Put the kingdom of God first in all that you do today, then trust Him to meet your needs.

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