Ecclesiastes 10:18 Sagging Rafters And A Leaking House

Old house

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. Ecclesiastes 10:18 

Owning a house is the dream of many people. Of those who dream of owning a house, many also dream of it being a large home with many rooms and space for everything the want.

There are many people who will be able to somehow make it happen to be able to own their own house. After much work, they are able to get a mortgage and purchase the home. They are excited.

However, once owning the home, the reality begins. Things in the home wear out and break down. It costs more than just the mortgage payments to own a home. There must be repairs and upkeep.

Solomon talks about maintaining a house. He says that with laziness the rafters will sag and the house will begin leaking.

This is very true of a physical house. One must maintain the house to keep it in good condition. Little problems must not be ignored, or they will develop into larger problems.

This same principle works in the lives of believers. While salvation is free and easy to accept, walking the path God has for a believer is not always easy. It takes work to make the journey.

When a believer becomes lazy and does not spend time in prayer or studying God’s word, when he chooses to not be around other believers, then the rafters in his life and the soul will start developing leaks. Sagging rafters of compromise will rise up in living the holy life a believer is called to live. Sin will leak in through the cracks.

As this occurs, there is a gradually pulling away from God. It all comes because of laziness and idle hands, refusing to work at living a holy and pure life before God. Being lazy in the work God has called one to do and be.

Your life is a house that requires maintenance. God has given you the blueprint in how to maintain your house–the Bible. He has also given you His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to maintain your life in the same manner in which Jesus lived His.

The work of maintaining your life is not to earn salvation, but because of salvation. It is done out of love for God to maintain and build what He has given you. To use it to the best of your abilities and with His strength that He provides.

Are your hands idle today?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will see the guidance God gives you in the Bible to live your life; that God will help you to live as Jesus lived; and that by God’s Holy Spirit you will live the holy life God has called you to live. 

Proverbs 11:4 Worthless In The End

Holding money

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 

Seeking extreme wealth is the goal of many people. They feel that being wealthy is the greatest goal in life and that wealth will solve all their problems.

Having great wealth gives the appearance of security. When one has a lot of money, believe that they can purchase whatever they need, whenever they want.

While wealth can purchase a lot of things, it cannot purchase everything. It cannot purchase peace, joy, or the greatest need on this earth–life. Many wealthy people are lying on their deathbed with a sickness that cannot be cured. Many who are wealthy have ended their life out of depression or stress of striving to gain more wealth.

Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, yet he said that wealth was worthless in the end. It could not save during the day of wrath, nor could it purchase righteousness which delivers from death.

The thing people search for in wealth can only be found in the righteousness of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to bring true life that every person is seeking. He wants to provide joy, peace, comfort, strength and eternal life. The very thing that every one who is seeking wealth desires.

Every person needs to seek the righteousness of Jesus in their lives. He is the one who brings about forgiveness of sins and gives eternal life. As a person is living in the righteousness of Jesus, he will have peace, comfort, security and eternal life, the very things that people seek in wealth.

On the day Jesus returns to judge the earth, all material wealth will be completely worthless. It will be unable to purchase forgiveness of sins. It will be unable to purchase righteousness before God. Only belief in Jesus can do those things.

Instead of seeking to gain more wealth in your life, strive to gain the righteousness of Jesus. Strive to be more righteous and holy as Jesus is.

In living in His righteousness and holiness, you will be able to stand on the day of judgement and wrath of God. His righteousness will deliver you from death and the wrath of God.

It is not your works, money or abilities that will save you, but the righteousness of Jesus. Make His righteousness the goal of your life. Seek His righteousness as much as some seek wealth and see what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will seek God with all of your heart, soul and mind above everything else.

Psalm 93:5 Solid Commands

Road in light

Your statutes, Lord stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

Every nation, every city and village has a set of rules to help govern their people. The set of rules are guided by how they want the people to live and act within their boundaries.

Throughout time many of the rules that a nation, or some other place has, change. They change because people change and want something different. Rules change because people change. No one is able to stay exactly the same all the time.

It is very common today to see groups of people fighting over what rule should be in place, removed or changed. Rules are often made by the majority or those who are in power, so are subject to feelings, rather than eternal truth.

In this psalm it is written that God’s statutes, rules are firm. These statutes are done with holiness for all eternity, never ending.

God is a never changing God. He is the same today, yesterday and forever. Since He never changes He is able to lay down the perfect law or commands for men to follow.

Every command that God gives is given out of perfect love. They are given with the best interest of man in mind. Since they are given this way they are solid and stand firm forever. There is no changing of the laws of God as there are with the laws of man.

Many people despise laws and the commands of God. They see them as limiting and punishing. Yet, God’s laws are in place to build a person up and make him more like Jesus, not to destroy, kill and punish.

When one follows God’s laws, he is able to walk in peace and harmony. He is able to know a true life of joy and love.

Take time to look into the laws and commands of God. Notice that each one is set there to build you up and help you live your life for God. They are set to make you ore like Jesus every day.

You do not have to fear that God will suddenly change His commands. They will remain the same forever.

As you take time to follow the commands of God, you will begin to walk in His holiness and build His kingdom as He desires. You will know His great love for you and others more and more.

Hold on to God’s commands each day.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know God’s commands are holy; that you will know the value of God’s commands; and that you will obey God with your whole life. 

2 Chronicles 3:7 Covered With The Best

Gold covered wall

He overlaid the ceiling beams, doorframes, walls and doors of the temple with gold, and he carved cherubim on the walls. 2 Chronicles 3:7

When a person is building a house, he wants it to look nice. He will strive to build it with the best materials he can afford. Once the house is built and the walls are up, he will work to paint it with the right colors. Covering the bare walls with the best colors is his goal.

Each person has a different opinion as to what is the best colors to make the house, but the goal is the same. They want the house to stand out as great. They want it to be comfortable and pleasing to the eye.

As Solomon was having the temple of God built, he had everything overlaid with gold. Gold was to be seen everywhere on everything. During his time, gold was the most precious material available. He also spared no expense in how the temple was built. It was an extremely costly expense to overlay everything with gold, yet it was done to honor God with the temple.

God had moved His dwelling place from the physical temple to the hearts of men and women. He now dwells in the lives of people, rather than in a building.

Each person who believes in Jesus is now a temple unto God. They are a work in progress from the moment they chose to follow Jesus.

As a person, they are not very beautiful to look at. People are filled with sin and faults. In order to change, they must put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus. This is the new gold for God’s new temple.

Putting on His righteousness is costly. It will cost the believer his desires and life. All now belong to God and are to be holy unto God.

You are a temple unto God, a place where God can dwell. The righteousness of Jesus cleanses you and makes you holy. It can bring honor to God in a dark and sinful world.

The process of putting on the gold righteousness will be costly to you. You will have to give up some old habits and thoughts. Yet, in the end it is a witness to the world of who you serve and where your heart is. The world will see what you value and where your focus is.

Are you covered in God’s gold today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Savior; that you will be covered by Christ’s righteousness; that your life will be filled with God’s Spirit; and that the world will see Jesus in you. 

Leviticus 13:52 Defiling, Destructive Mold

Moldy orange

He must burn the fabric, the woven or knitted material of wool or linen, or any leather article that has been spoiled; because the defiling mold is persistent, the article must be burned. Leviticus 13:52

For most things and most types of mold, mold is something that no one wants to have. Mold can get into many different things in different ways. Most often mold is destructive. Once it is in something, that item has to be destroyed.

Some molds, such as the black mold, is not only destructive of what it is on, but also contaminates the air, causing serious sickness. Mold is alive, once it is in or on something it does not stop reproducing and spreading, destroying.

Cleanliness has to be maintained strictly in order to keep mold from infesting some item. Old food must be tossed out, places in a house/building must be cleaned regularly, and spilled water must be dried up. There is an active work to be done to keep mold from occurring and even more work to be done in order to get rid of it.

Mold is just like sin. Once sin gets into a person’s life, it begins to destroy and kill. It will continue to spread throughout the person’s life, until he is dead. It will not only spread in that one person’s life, but will also spread to others, causing death in others.

Also, just like mold, sin takes an active, persistent effort in order to get rid of it and keep it out. The blood of Jesus, which He shed upon the cross, is the only thing strong enough to wipe away the sin in a person’s life.

The passions of sin must be destroyed. The person must become dead to sin, just as the item must be destroyed when contaminated with mold.

You, along with everyone else, has been contaminated with the mold of sin in your life. Seeking the forgiveness of Jesus will get the sin removed. Once that is done, however, there is work to be done to keep the sin from re-infesting your life and soul.

You must take an active effort to keep your eyes on God and keep sin out of your life. Do not allow the ‘little’ sins in life to get a hold of you. Just as mold, it will continue to spread until it has killed you.

How much mold are you allowing in your life?

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to remove the mold (sin) in your life; that you will turn away from all sin and follow God; and that your life will be productive, holy and pure for God. 

Exodus 37:1-2 The Place To Meet God

gold

Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2

When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.

Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.

Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.

During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.

Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.

The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.

As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.

Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.