Wealth or Wisdom… Choose wisely!

Materialism is a trap – a delusion.  We think we “can take it with us” … fact is, we can’t.  We think wealth proves we’re wise… but it doesn’t.  The only thing that really matters is what endures beyond the grave – eternal values!!  In fact, I’ve heard incredibly wealthy people pontificate about things as though they were the fount of wisdom for everything.  It appeared as though they felt their wealth had purchased for them a level of influence that should be unquestioned.  They exuded confidence and arrogance… I’m not at all sure however, that their views were accurate and truly characterized by wisdom.

I was reminded of that display of arrogance and confidence this morning as I read Psalm 49 in my Bible…

“Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me?  They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches…They name their lands after themselves, but, despite their wealth, people do not last… Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich and his wealth multiplies!  For he will take nothing with him when he dies; his wealth will not follow him down into the grave.  He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive: ‘May men praise you for you have done well for yourself!’ But wealthy people do not understand they are like animals that perish.”

Now there is nothing wrong with being rich – if the rich person lives in the “fear (or reverence) of the Lord and understands their responsibility for the wise management of what God has allowed them to have.  Here is what Apostle Paul had to say on that subject:  “Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.  Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.  In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

My prayer today?  Lord help me to keep things in proper perspective and understand that true wisdom and lasting influence do not come from wealth – they are instead sourced in humility and “the fear [reverence] of the Lord!”

The LORD… King over all the earth!

The Lord… the great king over all the earth!  It may not seem like it today if you look around, but one day it will become reality!  I’m looking forward to that day!  Every societal problem will be solved!  Every injustice will be made right!  Every despot destroyed!  Every sick person will be healed!  Peace will flow like a river!  I could go on…

He is “king over all the earth” for me, today … “King of kings and Lord of lords!”  I read about it this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…

“All you nations, clap your hands! Shout out to God in celebration!  For the sovereign Lord is awe-inspiring!  HE IS THE GREAT KING WHO RULES THE WHOLE EARTH!  …God has ascended His throne amid loud shouts; the Lord has ascended his throne amid the blaring of ram’s horns.  Sing to God! Sing! Sing to our king! Sing!  FOR GOD IS KING OF THE WHOLE EARTH! Sing a well-written song!  God reigns over the nations! God sits on his holy throne!  The nobles of the nations assemble… God has authority over the rulers of the earth. He is highly exalted!” (from Psalm 47 the NET Bible)

This prophetic word and vision came to mind today as I read Psalm 47

THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD HAVE BECOME THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST, AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER!  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign!” (Rev 11:15-17)

Take my word for it… no better take HIS word for it… what is prophetic today will become reality in the future!  “He is king over all the earth!”  I’m anticipating it!  I’m affirming it… TODAY!

Being a “God-Truster” in Difficult Times

You’ve seen the pictures on the evening news… incredible devastation from all kinds of natural disasters – earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, lightening and hail – homes destroyed, cities devastated, and worst of all people who have been killed or badly injured!

Add to this the threat and devastation of war … the terrible things that people do to people.  We’ve all seen those pictures as well.  The evening news warns us… “The images you are about to see may be troubling!”  No kidding… Not just buildings blown to bits and the twisted metal of destroyed vehicles littering the streets but bloody bodies all over the place with angry people continuing to shoot at one another!

It’s enough to unsettle the most secure person and produce fear and anxiety…

I read a passage this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” that seems to speak to situations just like that… Psalm 46 (I  won’t quote it all… just enough to capture the comforting thrust of its message for those who are “God-trusters”…

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble!  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress!  Selah

“Come, behold the works of the Lord… He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.  ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress!  Selah

(from Psalm 46 ESV)

There it is… twice in the same passage – God’s message to “God-trusters” living in a dangerous and troubled world… “The Lord of Hosts is with us!  The God of Jacob is our fortress!”  Really hope you’re a “God-truster”!

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