In light of the current economic crises and the news media’s endless shouting of troubles, problems, failures, unrest, doom and gloom…
Today is a perfect day for me to remind you…
The Lord is your source and supply – He always has been, always will be – and God’s abundant supply is independent of and in spite of any world, national, regional, or local condition or situation.
“Let [men and women] trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon [their] God.” Isaiah 50:10
Contrary to what the enemy of good is constantly suggesting (remember, he’s out to steal, kill, and destroy wherever he can), it pays to live your life trusting in the goodness and supply of the Lord because…
“He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat [blessed and successful].” Proverbs 28:25
In all the noise, commotion, and chaos coming from the world, have you kind of forgotten this?
My friend, God’s calling to you…
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear [love, respect, and reverence] the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear [love, respect, and reverence] him. The young lions [covetous and greedy people of the world] do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Psalms 34:8-10
Have you ever waited out a rainstorm from underneath a dry shelter? That’s what it’s like for the person who’s in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ…
“I [the Lord thy God] have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand.” Isaiah 51:16
Isn’t that wonderful?
Nevertheless, this IS a time for you to be careful and wise.
“The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly [trouble and problems].” Proverbs 14:24
This IS a time to put away foolishness…
“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” Proverbs 19:3
What does that mean?
So many people are looking for great gain – without providing a corresponding level of value and service to mankind. It’s this kind of foolishness that perverts people’s life – and then they find themselves fretting against the Lord because of all the trouble they’re in – that they put themselves into.
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Timothy 6:9
This verse isn’t talking about money being a bad thing – money is nothing more than a medium of exchange for goods, services, and value – and providing value and service and being compensated and rewarded accordingly is an indisputably God-ordained principle and concept.
What this verse is talking about is people TRYING TO LIVE BEYOND THEIR MEANS!
People driving automobiles that are more expensive than they can really afford.
People who live in homes they can’t really afford.
People who are “upside down” in all or most of their financial affairs.
Do you see that?
It’s also talking about people who WANT A LOT FOR SOMETHING LITTLE.
That’s what’s been going on strong for a long time – especially the last 15 – 20 years…
Individuals, corporations, and even governments handing over any extra money they can scrape together to OTHERS (the stock market, etc) and telling them, “Make me rich – without any real effort or rendering of service on my part.”
As we can see and hear all around us, this doesn’t work on a long-term basis.
The only reliable, sustainable, and God-ordained way to turn a dime into a dollar is to take that dime and infuse it with your God-given creative mind, talents, abilities, and skills such that it provides a REAL dollar worth of value and service to people.
To their own misfortune, too many people are trying to just get a dollar out of a dime.
“Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6
One last thing…
This IS a time to make sure there’s nothing but Jesus – nothing but good – inside of us…
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:21-23
“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9
And, if we have the Spirit of Christ inside of us, then we also have available to us…
“The supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:19
My friend, God’s way is the good way! It always has been and always will be.
Here’s what I want you to hold in your thoughts as you go about your day…
- Let’s go back to trusting in God as our source and our supply
- Let’s get in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ
- Let’s put away the foolish notion of wanting a lot for a little and start providing real value and real service and thereby EARN real compensation.
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