'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
8/16/2019 0 Comments
If riches are spiritually dangerous, some might suppose that poverty would be spiritually advantageous. Yet the wise man did not desire poverty because that also has certain dangers that are associated with it. One who is poor would be tempted to steal in order to feed himself and his family. While many would excuse this behavior under these circumstances, the wise man indicated that poverty is not an excuse to commit the sin of stealing. One who does this profanes the name of God (Proverbs 30:9). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
However, one who is poor does not have to succumb to the temptation to steal. The first and most obvious solution is that one would work to provide for himself, and “if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-10). Of course, not everyone who is “willing to work” is physically able to work or is always able to find a job at a given time. Provided one’s need is not the result of an unwillingness to work, then he is worthy of help. He should not feel guilty for seeking or receiving help from family (1 Timothy 5:4), other individuals (Luke 16:19-21; Ephesians 4:28), and to a limited extent, churches (Acts 11:29-30; Romans 15:26; 1 Timothy 5:16). Poverty can be dangerous if we ignore God’s solution and try to remedy our situation by any means necessary, even to the point of committing sin (stealing).
What is the 'conclusion' of the 'matter?' audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Therefore, it is wise to 'desire our portion'. The wise man said, “Feed me with the food that is my portion” (Proverbs 30:8; Matthew 6:11, 'give us this day our daily bread'.). He did not desire what belonged to others. He did not have an unhealthy fixation for things he did not need or could not have. He desired what he might receive within the realm of God’s blessings which will generally be somewhere in between poverty and riches.
His statement reflects an attitude of contentment, as Paul wrote, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
We are not to be jealous of others who have more than we do (Galatians 5:20), nor are we to be arrogant towards others who have less than we do (James 2:2-3). We are “all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
Let us be content with our blessings and strive to serve God in every circumstance, seeking the true riches that will be rewarded to the faithful when this life is over. [See all the passages dealing with the Bema or rewards are addressed to believers or pertain to believers of the church (Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10; 1 John 2:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Titus 2:12-14 ;note the emphasis on good works]. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
There is no denying, this 'wisdom' results in a life of 'simplicity' and the attendant 'contentment'. Amen. Amen.
Take your time. Really 'meditate' on these passages of 'Wisdom' from the mouth of Our Lord and Savior, in previous posts and now, Agur from Proverbs 30. Grasp exactly what Both are saying. Do you want life to be more simple, more satisfying and full of 'contentment'? Then, take the 'Word' from Holy Scripture and act upon it, putting it to use in your life. [James 1:19-22] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Until our next post, in two weeks [August 25-28-30, 2019]; after which we will focus on /review/conclusions [September 8-11-13, 2019. when first we will look at what the 'spiritual discipline' of 'simplicity' 'does', and then recap what we have discussed and plan to practice through lessons from the entire seasons of posts from the beginning to the end.
Continue to be blessed by the 'Wisdom' of Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.
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