Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 142:1-2 Where To Bring Complaints

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2

People like to complain about many different things. They complain about their work, their health, their spouses, their children, their co-workers, the weather, and the list goes on. Some people love to complain so much that it appears as if they are unhappy with everything in life.

Complaining constantly often will drive friends away. People do not like to hear about other people’s complaints. They only want to hear the good news.

Life does have its challenges and problems. It is not that one life is better or worse than another, but all have separate challenges.

David was going through an extremely difficult time. He had done nothing wrong and Saul was chasing him to kill him. He was being hunted like a criminal. At the time he wrote this psalm he was in a cave hiding from Saul. Instead of crying out to people about his problems, he brought them before God.

Think about his problem: he had been told by God that he would be the next king of Israel, and now the current king was seeking to kill him. Many people would be calling attorneys to fight for their right to be the king. They would complain to their friends about their vision and problem. Yet, he did none of this. David called out to God.

God is there to hear every complaint that you may have. He will listen with a patient ear. After hearing of your complaint, if you allow Him too, He will also give you His Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you on the journey you are on.

Jesus had promised that you would have troubles in this life, but He also promised that He would be with you through them.

Instead of complaining to people in this world, who really cannot do anything for you, talk to God. Let Him know your feelings and thoughts. Then trust His Spirit in guiding you and giving you strength to continue forward in life.

In the end, David did become king. In the end, if you do not give up, you will win the battle in this life.

Who are you complaining to?

Who are you trusting in?

I pray today that you will bring all your cares to God; that you will not be known as a complainer; that you will speak words of hope and trust in God; and that God will strengthen and guide you in the troubles you are going through.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.

Psalm 127:1 Who Is The Builder?

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1

As a house is being built, there are certain things that must be done correctly, or else the house will not stand very well. The right type of boards must be used, the boards must be aligned correctly, the right type of nail must be used, it must have the correct foundation, and numerous other details go into making a house.

The best way to make sure all of this happens correctly is for the person to hire someone who builds homes. The construction worker knows all the correct details and knows how to implement them correctly. He has proven himself with building of other homes already.

Most people do not build the physical house, but they do work at building the house of their lives. The world tells a person that he can build his own life in the best way possible. That person is shown how to strive to be the best on his own that he can be.

The problem with building like this, is that the plans for the house is coming from the world, who really does not know how to build the correct house. The devil is trying to build a home that will eventually crumble in dust and destruction.

As a believer, your body is a temple of God, that is a house for God to dwell in. You may be trying to build that house a certain way on your own…going to church, reading the Bible, and doing good things. But if God is not the architect who is building the house, it will crumble. It will be no different from the house the world tries to build.

God is the only architect who is perfect and knows how to build a house that will stand for all eternity. He has the master plans for your building. Allow God to guide you and build your life into what He knows is best. If you strive to do it on your own, you are wasting your time and will fail in the end.

Allowing God to build you, will ensure that the perfect house for God will be built.

Who is your architect today?

You?

Or God?

I pray today that you will allow God to build your life today; that you will work with God’s plans for your life; that your life will built on the foundation of Jesus; and that your work will not be done in vain.

Psalm 125:1 Unshakeable

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1

People go through life trusting in various things to help them along the way. They will trust that their paycheck will continue, that their retirement will be enough, that the economy will be good, and the list goes on.

That trust in those things often gets severely tested from time to time. As a person is trusting his job, suddenly there is a time where they are laying off people, making cuts. The person is often shaken to his core, wondering if he will have a job in a few weeks, or how he will provide for his family if he is laid off.

When things start to take a turn for the worse, people become scared and worried. They are shaken with the fear that is in them of the unknown future. All peace has left them.

Nations and economies have risen and fallen over and over throughout all of history. No nation has lasted forever.  Every thing in those nations have risen and fallen. Jobs that were in place one hundred years ago are now gone. Equipment that was used fifty years ago is now gone. The economy of thirty years ago is gone. Nothing on this earth last forever. With everything going away the fear can rise in a person.

Trusting in God removes that fear. God is a foundation that has been in place since the beginning of time. Throughout history, God has never changed. He remains the same since the time of Adam, and will remain the same for the rest of eternity.

God can be your unshakeable peace when all of your world seems to be falling apart. When things fail in this world, God is still right by your side holding you up.

As you trust in Jesus for everything, you will have His perfect peace in you. You will know that no matter how bad things get, He is still in control. You will not be shaken as many in this world are shaken with fear. You know your future will be an eternal life in heaven with God.

Where is your trust today?

Are you being shaken?

I pray today that you will trust in God with our life; that you will know His peace in your life; that you will not be shaken as the world is shaken; and that God’s love will remove all fear in your life.

Psalm 119:81 Faint With Waiting

My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:81

Waiting is something that takes a toll on most people. It causes people to get frustrated and tired. People do not like to have to wait for anything.

Standing in lines at a checkout counter and waiting in line while driving in extremely slow traffic are the two areas most common for waiting…and complaining. People get tired of waiting and start to complain about it. They wonder why the store does not open more checkout lines, and why is the guy in front moving so slow.

In this life, waiting is something that is common. People must even wait for God to answer a prayer. The psalmist states that his soul is faint from longing or waiting for God’s salvation to come. This salvation can be an answer to a needed prayer. The ultimate salvation is when a person steps into heaven, but can be saving from some tough situation in life.

Believers wait and long for God to answer their prayers. They read God’s Word and see His promises and long for them to be fulfilled in their life. The hard part is the waiting.

Many times God does not answer a prayer immediately. He usually waits to answer the prayer and meet the need. He waits for the right time.

You can be like the psalmist, however, and put your trust in God’s Word. God said that He would meet your every need, that He would always be with you, and that He would save you.

Long for and desire God to bring you your needed salvation. Seek it out, but then wait for it. Do not give up on waiting on God to meet your need. Put all of your trust in His Word and His promises.

God is faithful and will never fail. Every promise that He has made, He has fulfilled or will fulfill.

What are you searching and longing for?

Is it your own answers or answers from this world?

Or is it the answers God has for you?

Don’t give up waiting on God, He will come through in His time.

I pray today that you will seek the salvation of God in every area of your life; that God will give you strength as you wait on Him; that you will wait for God’s answer; and that you will trust in God’s Word.

Psalm 112:6-7 No Fear Of Bad News

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7

Bad news seems to be everywhere. When a person watches the news, there is very little that is positive in the news. People feed off of bad news.

When bad news comes out, people often get scared and worried. They worry about what is happening or what will happen next. Fear rises up in the people.

Many Christians fall prey to this type of thinking. Someone in the government makes a new ruling or gets elected into a position, and suddenly everyone is worried and fear what is going to happen next. They fear that persecution is about to happen to believers. They fear that their freedom to worship God will be removed. They fear that their freedom to talk about God will be removed.

God is not a god of fear, but of love. Perfect love casts out all fear. God is not going to do anything that will harm a believer in any way. He is there to build a person up in the best way possible.

What does this have to do with hearing bad news? Everything.

Hearing bad news is not something any person can control. You may not hear any bad news right now, but wait a few minutes and you most likely will. Turn on the news and it will be there. Read the posts on Facebook and you will read some bad news. Someone will post something about something negative going on.

Yet, as a believer, you do not have to be afraid of the bad news. Whether that bad news is a part of your life, or it is about someone else on the other side of the world, you do not have to fear it.

The reason you do not have to fear any bad news, is that you know God is in control. He is working to make you more like Jesus everyday. He will use whatever it takes to make that happen. God will use bad things to make you better if it is the best way possible.

When you hear bad news, do not worry about it. Instead trust God. He is in control and loves you. God to sleep with no fear or worries. Everything will be alright.

I pray today that God will remove fear from your heart; that you will know God’s love; that you will know God is in control; and that you will not fear any bad news.