Proverbs 28:22-25 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue. Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
“What in the world do you want?” I can remember my mom asking me that question as a young boy. Especially when I would stand around and say, “hey mom, hey mom, hey mom,” until finally she would say, “What in the world do you want?” At that precise moment, what I wanted was an answer to my question. In fact, that is all, “in the world” I could think of. I wanted the answer more than anything else in the world at that moment because it had totally consumed my mind.
I think if we will remember that childhood experience, it may help us in our daily walk with the Lord. Ask yourself, why do we as Christians get to a place where we want what the world has to offer? Often the answer is simply we have allowed it to consume our thoughts. This want in life fills our mind, and then overtakes us as our hearts desire. It becomes all we think of. The cause of this is pride and an attitude of, “I deserve better.” What the world has may look good, but there is no real future, reward, or benefit at the end of a life with any possessions. The richest people in the world die the same as the poor.
So how do we keep from thinking about worldly things? God gave us a way to do that too. He said in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
The Bible says we need to come as a child to God. So maybe if we would look to Him for all our answers, like we did our parents as children, it would help us focus on what is important. I believed my parents had all the answers…and they had most of them. However, God really does know everything!
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Romans 5 – 8 / Proverbs 28:22-25
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Ezekiel 28-31 / James 5
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