Proverbs 23:4 Chasing Wealth

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Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Proverbs 23:4 

Striving to gain wealth is the desire of many people. Many people are willing to try to do anything and everything to get wealthy. Most want to find an easy way to gain extreme wealth. They want more for less.

Some people will search the internet to find ways to gain wealth in a fast way. Some of these ways may be legitimate, while many are just scams to make someone else wealthy.

Others will work hard at their job, fighting to climb the ladder of position and pay. They will work several jobs or extreme long hours just to make a few dollars more.

However, gaining this wealth can be lost in a matter of moments very easily. Sickness or disaster will drain the wealth. The economy drops causing a loss in value.

Solomon, being the wealthiest man who ever lived, warned to not wear oneself out to gain wealth. He even adds that a person should not trust his own cleverness to gain that wealth.

A person may be wise enough to gain some wealth, but in the end it costs him much more. It costs health, family, position, marriage, integrity, and much more.

When a person is so focused on gaining wealth, he will often forget those around him and he will forget about God. Everything else gets put on the back burner at an expense to his life and wealth.

Real wealth is not found in the temporary material things of this world. Gaining all the money in the world will never save a soul. It will not put one in a better position with God.

The focus of the life of a believer should be on becoming more like Jesus and making more disciples of Jesus. Gaining wealth should be one of the least concerns of a believer.

Take a look at your life and see what you are working at getting or doing. How much time and effort are you working at gaining wealth? Now compare that to how much time and effort are you working at becoming like Jesus and making disciples?

One will gain you, maybe, some temporary pleasure, but many troubles. The other will gain you eternal life, joy,  and peace.

Focus your efforts and energy on what is of lasting value, rather than the temporary losses of this world.

I pray today that you will work hard at living for God; that you will make every effort to make disciples of Jesus; that God will provide for your every need in abundance; and that God will protect you from being led astray towards temporary wealth. 

Psalm 57:8 A Solid Heart

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My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  Psalm 57:8 

Desires that people have often change on a constant basis. Changing hearts is what keeps driving sales of things. Trends rise and fall on a regular basis due to changing hearts and desires.

For a short time one item is the latest rage and everyone ‘needs’ it. Then suddenly there is a change in heart and a new item takes its place. Everyone rushes out to purchase the new item.

This can be seen in not only things people want, but also in how they look, act, and feel. The hearts of people change on a regular basis and rarely stay the same very long on any one thing.

David was being pursued by Saul to be killed. As he was being chased, he did not have fear as many would have. He cried out to God, but was also confident that God would save him. David stood solid upon the fact God would take care of him, so he was able to sing and make music. His heart was solid for God.

There are many who follow God, but do not have a steadfast and solid heart for God. It has become common among many that they accept that a person can follow God or any other religion at the same time if they so desire.

Some will go to church every Sunday, but then on Monday deny Christ in everything that they say and do. Their heart is not solid with God. It changes with their emotions or feelings on a day to day basis.

When a person is living like this, he is unable to sing and make music in times of trouble. There is no peace or joy in his life, despite the troubles.

One who has a steadfast, solid heart after God, will not change with the changing situations. He will stand on God’s word alone and worship God through everything.

You have a choice to make each and every day. It is a choice of following and trusting God with all of your heart so that you may worship Him. Or you can choose to follow the world.

Do not allow yourself to go back and forth. Either serve God or do not serve Him. God wants you hot or cold towards Him, not lukewarm.

Do you have a solid heart that follows after God? Or do you change with the situations in life?

I pray today that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will worship God in every situation; that your heart towards God will not change; and that you will have a desire to serve God all the time.

Job 29:4 A Longing Desire

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Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4

It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.

Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.

One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.

Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.

Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.

Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.

Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.

Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?

I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life. 

Job 17:11-12 The Light In The Darkness

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My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. Job 17:11-12 

As night sets in, darkness fills the sky. Once it is fully night, there is very little light to see by. While it is dark, all hope appears to disappear and fade away. Yet, when dawn begins to show, light also begins to show. It starts out with just a little and then grows until it is full day again.

In the same way, there are storms that pass through an area, blocking out all light. It appears as the end of all hope and only danger is present. However, after a time, a small light begins to appear. That light is showing that there is an end to that storm, it is coming.

Job had looked back on his days and felt that all of his plans had been destroyed and that there was no real hope. Yet, he had a desire in his heart for better days. Holding onto that desire, kept him moving forward and in the dark he began to see a light. There was a hope of a better future ahead.

Believers will have days and times in life where all they see is a storm of troubles. Everything around them is dark and appears to be hopeless and that all is lost. Instead of looking outward, they must look into the heart and see the desires of their heart. That desire is to be with God through the saving grace of Jesus. It is the hope that one day He will return. It is the hope that one day all the troubles will end.

This gives a light in the middle of a storm in life. This is a hope that is there despite the shattered plans.

As you are going through struggles in life, hold onto that hope you have within you. See the light at the end of the tunnel. There will come a day when Jesus will return to take you with Him for eternity. There will come a day when God will turn the troubles around and fill your days His favor in full light.

Do not give up or lose hope in Christ Jesus during a storm. Know that it will come to an end at the right time. God is with you and will not leave you. Hold onto that light.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God; that you will have the desire to be with God; that you will see the light of God in the dark places; and that you will hold onto God during a storm.