Life’s Path

Chad Daugherty is a friend of mine who is a missionary to Estonia. God laid this poem on his heart. It blessed me. He gave me permission to share it with you. May you also be blessed by it. 

Lifes Path

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Job 36:13 Be Careful Of Riches & Wealth

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Be careful that no one entices you by riches; do not let a bribe turn you aside. Job 36:13 

Wealth is something that a lot of people are searching for, especially in America. People want more money to be able to have more things and do more things. It is often believed that money buys happiness and freedom, so many people will run after it.

All one has to do is do a ‘make money’ search on the internet and millions of hits will occur instantly. There are millions of ways to make money. However, most of those ways are scams. People trying to make money by taking money from others. People fall for the scam in the search for wealth.

Elihu tells Job to be careful not to be enticed by riches or bribes. This was as though Job was being enticed to speak as he does. Job did not have this problem in his life.

Having lots of money always seems to look like a good thing. Making money easy always sounds like a good thing. However, money is not made easily, but by hard work and perseverance.

While money will buy things, it does not provide happiness and peace. Often it will lead a person away from God, because he no longer trusts in God, but in his possessions. The search for wealth will also often lead a person to do things that go against God.

This can occur even within side the church. Believers give up giving and tithing in the search for wealth. They quit going to church to be able to work more, rather than seeking God and trusting Him. Some get angry with God as they see those in the world ‘living it up’ while living in sin, and they a fighting to put food on the table.

Do not allow yourself to seek after a wealth that does not last for eternity. You cannot take the wealth with you when you die. It does not transfer to heaven. Seek God and His righteousness and will. Do what He desires and you will have joy and peace that the world cannot have, nor understand.

Running after the wealth of this world will only leave you empty and wanting more. No matter how much you get, you will want more. Do not let this world convince you that you need what they have. You need to convince the world that they need what you have–Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guard your hearts from the love of money; that God will guide you in what you need; and that God will protect you from the lies of this world. 

2 Samuel 6:22 Humiliated For God

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“I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 2 Samuel 6:22 

Being humiliated is something that most people do not like to have happen to them. It creates embarrassment and humbles a person. The majority of people will do some things crazy and that will be slightly humiliating but will not cross a line, they will only go so far.

The reason most people will only go so far is that they know people are watching them. They do not want to stand out as very different. Most people want to fit in with what others are doing, instead of going against the flow.

For a number of years the ark of the covenant had not been in Bethlehem. David had his army go and get the ark back from the Philistines. As it was being brought into the city, David started dancing like crazy. He was jumping around with excitement, knowing the ark was back where it belonged.

His wife, Michal, saw him and was upset. She did not like how he acted, since David was the king of Israel. He was not acting properly for his position. David told her that he would act even more undignified and be humiliated in his own eyes.

David knew the value and importance of the ark of the covenant. He was willing to show his true emotions of extreme excitement at getting it back.

Although today, the ark is no longer used, there is God’s presence in a believer’s life. The believer can show extreme excitement for God when He shows up.

Many believers hold themselves in check. They want to be prim and proper around others. They do not have the extreme joy of knowing God in their lives. They do not want to stand out as different.

When God is present in your life, you will not care about what others are thinking. Your focus will be on God. You can become like a little child before God and show your love for Him in ways that are not always conventional.

This can be humiliating, because that is not the way most people do things or act. Yet, if it is done out of true love for God, it is great before God.

Do not worry about what others think, but allow your heart to follow after God with extreme excitement.

I pray today that you will know the joy of knowing Jesus; that you will know the excitement of having God in your life; that you will allow Jesus to be raised up as you are lowered; and that the world will see your love for God.