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Don't Waste It

Exodus 12:35-36

And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

When the Jews were finally allowed to leave Egypt they left with treasures of gold, silver, and precious jewels. You may have overlooked this verse or read it and wondered why God had commanded the Jewish people to borrow these items. The answer is found in Exodus 35, the LORD told Moses to take an offering of gold, and silver to build the Tabernacle. The LORD in his sovereignty had already prepared the resources that would be needed to build a place where he could meet with his people.

We should always remember there is a purpose for everything. No storm or blessing is accidental, but directed by God's providence to fulfill his good will.

There is a lesson to be learned in Exodus 32, while Moses had been on mount Sinai, Aaron carved out a golden calve, from the gold that God had intended to be used for his house. Rather than use their blessings to further the kingdom of God, they did the opposite, the gold was used to create false gods. Moses took the golden calve and ground it into powder, placed it in the water, and made the people drink it. From there it went into the waste never to be recovered. What was meant to be used for God was carelessly wasted never to be recovered.

Our life is God's gift to us, how we use our life is our gift to God. I was in an accident years ago and the Lord graciously spared my life, a lot of people said the Lord has a special purpose for your life or you wouldn't be here. I truly believe that statement, but it was my choice and has been for the past 32 years. Do I want to waste my days or invest them in God's kingdom? We will always get more back than we invest. Plant an apple seed and you get an apple tree. Don't plant the seed and it will rot and fade away with no return. If you have been given a second chance, a talent, or financial security, it was for a reason.... Don't waste it.

Pastor Ken Smith

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