Proverbs 8:10-11 What To Choose

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

Wealth is something that many people strive for. People are always looking for a way to get rich quickly, with as little amount of work as possible. Many are striving to be able to purchase that new car, or house, or go on a fancy vacation. In the process of getting those things, many problems arise.

It is common for a person to get a loan to purchase that new fancy car, that is more than he really needs. Then a few months later, the car gets repossessed because he cannot make the payments. There was no wisdom used in the purchase, only the seeking out of gold and silver. Wisdom would have made the person choose another vehicle that was not so high priced.

Solomon, who was the wealthiest man who ever lived on the earth, had learned that seeking wisdom was more important than seeking after things or gold. It has more value than the gold, because wisdom can bring a person life. Wisdom keeps a person from making the wrong decisions.

Knowing God is the beginning of wisdom. No one is more wise than God is.  God had the wisdom to lay out the plan of salvation for each person. That plan brings about life, not death.

Seeking to run after the things of the world will only bring you dissatisfaction and disappointment. You may have a lot of things and are wealthy, but inside there will be no real life or enjoyment in this life.

The Bible does not directly tell you what to do or not do in purchasing things of this world. It does, however, give you guidelines in what to do. These guidelines are pieces of God’s wisdom for your life.

As you choose to follow God and His word, you will gain more wisdom. In the process of gaining this wisdom it will help you make the right choices in this life. Then you will be filled with the abundant life that Jesus said He came to give you.

Will you choose God’s wisdom for your life today?

I pray today that you will seek out God’s wisdom; that you will follow God’s wisdom; that God will show you the best paths to take; and that you will know the life that God’s wisdom can give you.

Psalm 73:2-3 Wanting What Others Have

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

One thing that is very difficult for many people is watching others prosper and succeed. This becomes especially true when the method of prosperity is done in a very bad way.

The majority in the world do not think anything of being envious of someone else. It is looked as part of the human nature to desire and really want what someone else has. Commercials are geared to bring out that envy in a person. They strive to get a person to want something someone else has so bad that they will do anything they can to get it.

As believers, the view should be different. Asaph, the writer of this psalm, writes that he almost slipped in envy. Envy is another word for coveting, which God said that His people were not to ever do.

There are times when a believer can look at someone in the world and be envious of what that person has or can do. Watching someone go on vacations around the world, drive fancy cars, eat out at fancy restaurants, and have big bank accounts can bring about envy in a person. Believers often struggle with this, when the person is very prosperous with sinful activities. Many will question God as to why that happens.

Some in the church will also be filled with envy for another person’s abilities or position in the church.

You should look at what God has given you in Jesus Christ. You have life for all eternity. The world may have all the fancy cars and houses with big bank accounts, but they will never have the peace and life that Jesus provides. They only have today and tomorrow will be death for them for eternity.

Do not look at their wealth and desire it. Do not allow your feet to slip into the sin of envy. Look at God and the wealth of life that He provides. God provides more blessings than anything in this world can ever provide.

What do you desire today?

More of God?

Or more of this world?

I pray today that you will see all that God has given you; that you will not desire the things of this world; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has given; and that you will know the blessings of God.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.

2 Chronicles 1:10 What Would You Ask For?

“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Chronicles 1:10

Solomon had been made king of Israel. One night God came to him and asked Solomon to make a request for whatever he wanted. Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the people correctly. God loved his request so much that He gave him more wisdom, wealth, and honor than any other person has had before or since.

The ability to ask for whatever a person wants and get it has been a dream for most people throughout all of history. People dream of finding the magic lamp with a genie in it that will grant them three wishes.

The desires of each person’s heart is most likely a little different, but most will also have one thing in common.

What do people desire? Wealth, health, fame, power, possessions, and position.

What do all these things have in common? They are all about self, pleasing and taking care of old number one–self.

There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but when asked for with the wrong reason, they become a bad item. When these things are asked for to make oneself look good or to put oneself above others, they become bad. It is the wrong motive for desiring these things.

As Solomon asked for wisdom, he was not asking for it just to look good or to be better than the other people. He asked for wisdom so that he could do God’s will–leading God’s people who God had put him in charge of.

As a believer, you are to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. This means that you are putting God and all of His desires first in your life.

Jesus said you could ask for whatever you want and you would get it, if you remain in Him, doing what He wants you to do.

What are you asking God for today?

Why are you asking God for it?

If God answers that prayer, will it bring Him glory, or will it bring you glory?

I pray today that you will know God’s desire for you life; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will ask for the things God wants you to have; and that you will never be selfish to God or to others.

James 2:5 Those Chosen By God

“Listen, by dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him?” James 1:5

James started to talk about showing favoritism. He gave one of the most common examples of favoritism being shown and that is of showing favor to someone who looks wealthy. Now he is pointing out that God has chosen those who are poor to get His kingdom.

The world likes to say that you must have certain things or you are poor. Some of those things are the newest car, the latest fashion clothing, a job with a very large income, and a large house. The world does not care if you fully own it, or if you are still paying for it on credit as long as it is yours.

When you have all of those things, the world looks at you as someone important and worth being around. Usually it is with the hope that some of that wealth will rub off on the person or that they can get some favors from the wealthy person.

While physical wealth is not bad, it does nothing to help you in the kingdom of God. God is looking at the heart of a person. Your heart must be poor before God. You must know that without God you have nothing of any real value, physically or in your character.

You can have all the wealth of the world and yet have a very bad spirit. It may be selfish and unloving. Or you can have the wealth of the world and have a poor spirit, knowing that without God you have nothing.

When looking at people, do not look at what they physically have, but at what their spirit is like. What is their character like? Those who have a heart seeking God are those who have real value. The rest need to know Jesus.

What is your heart like? Is it rich as the world sees it? Or is it poor and seeking God and God alone?

I pray today that your desire will be to seek God; that you will not seek people for what they have or do; that you will not trust in wealth, but in God; that you will choose people who God will choose; and that you will be rich in faith and love.

Luke 16:15 What God Values

“He said to them, You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15

Jesus just talked about being faithful with a little and being careful how you handle worldly wealth. His point was to not love money. The Pharisees were upset with this statement.

Very directly, Jesus points out that the Pharisees were in the wrong and God knew it. They try to make themselves look good and justify all of their actions. They would enforce people to pay tithes and offerings in the name of building the ministry, yet it was more to fill their pocket books and own desires.

These types of actions can be seen even today. There are ministries out there that are constantly talking about needing you to give more and more. Often it is to build a bigger church building, or redecorate the current one.

It is not that some of these needs are actually needed, but is it always God’s desire? Is it building the kingdom of God or is it building man’s kingdom?

Jesus stated that what is highly valued in man’s eyes is detestable in God’s eyes. Man values large beautiful buildings, large titles and positions, large bank accounts, and anything that looks good.

God values humility, service, love, compassion, and a heart that seeks Him and Him alone. Your life should be one that seeks to lift God up and build His kingdom up. Use the things of this world for that purpose.

You can gain the entire world and all that it has to offer, but it cannot give you true peace or eternal life, and you cannot take it with you.

God’s heart is to draw all people to Him, to save every man, woman and child. Is your heart the same way? Do you desire to be a witness to every person you meet? Value today what God values.

I pray today that God will fill your heart with His desires; that you will learn to value what God values; that you will desire to point others to Jesus; that you will use the things of this world to build God’s kingdom; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Luke 12:19 Taking Life Easy

“And I’ll say to myself, You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19

Jesus told a parable about a rich man who had everything going for him. He had grain in excess. His “bank” account was very large and growing. Then he made the statement that he could now take it easy and have a good time in life. The next verse shows how God took his life because he was not doing things for God.

Everywhere you look you will see the desire and push for more wealth. Everyday you are bombarded with statements that you need the newest and best of everything.

If your bank account is not big enough, you will not be happy. If you are not driving the newest car, you will not be happy. If you cannot sit back and just drink, you will not be happy. The list goes on forever.

Yet, despite all the wealth and great things a person has, it will not mean a thing when death comes. Look at every funeral procession, what goes to the grave site: just the dead person, nothing more. You cannot take your possessions with you to the grave. Once you are dead, someone else gets all your stuff.

God stated it in the Old Testament, and Jesus repeated in the New Testament that the only two things that man is supposed to strive for are: 1) loving God with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength, and 2) loving other people.

This takes work to do. You cannot sit back and take it easy as you love God and others with everything in you. There is always someone who needs to hear about Jesus. There is always someone who is in need of something, if nothing else…prayer.

Seek God in what you are to be doing for Him. What are you to do with what He has blessed you with? Do not hoard it to yourself, be generous and loving. Work at building His kingdom, not yours.

I pray today that God will show you the work He has for you to do; that you will seek to do His will in everything; that you will put God and His kingdom first in your life; that you will not fill your life with meaningless things; and that God will build His kingdom through you.