What is Your Motive?

Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Haven’t You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out Your hand and strike everything he owns and he will surely curse You to Your face.” Job 1:9-11 HCSB

It seems that just about everyone is wanting you to open up a retirement account. I received an email offering $600 if I would roll money from my current retirement account into a new retirement account. My motive for putting money into my retirement account is that I hope to someday retire and have enough money to live on without needing to work. In retirement I plan to participate in mission work if the Lord be willing.

Satan answered by attacking Job’s motives for loving and worshiping God. Since God had protected Job and blessed him with many children, land, and livestock, there was no reason Job should not worship God. Satan challenged God to take His hand off of Job and take away all of his blessings and God would find Job cursing Him instead of praising Him. Satan wanted to prove that Job worshiped God because of what he had received from God rather than out of true love.

Challenge: What are your motives for worshiping and praising God? Do you worship Him because of the material possessions you have received? Make sure your motives are pure. Worship God in Spirit and in truth.

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