Today’s Scripture: After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1

Imagine you want to have a world-class art gallery. In order to achieve that goal, you need both valuable art pieces as well as a good security system. Having one without the other is pointless. If you have incredibly invaluable pieces of art but no security, the art will disappear rather quickly – either by theft or because the owners will remove them because of the threat of theft. On the other hand, if you have a world-class security system but only have a gallery of 3 year-olds’ scribblings, no one will want to come to your gallery. You need to have something of value as well as something to protect it.

Without God, our life would have no joy or purpose. What little happiness the lost experience is vastly overshadowed by the pain and suffering they feel and see all around them. There is nothing of value in a life lived for this world. People go through life trying to gain power, wealth, and fame that will never satisfy. Many end up in depression and try to drown out the pain with alcohol and drugs – even those who others would think have everything they could want. The few who achieve their goals live in constant fear they will lose what they have gained.

God is not just part of the solution to having a fulfilled life; He is everything we need. He is the One Who gives our life value, and He is our protector. Live life seeking to please Him and we will have the best life possible. Don’t look to other things or people to make you complete; God is everything we need.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.