“Dangers of Wealth, Education & Co-Signing Loans” May 31

 

"Dangers of Wealth, Education & Co-Signing Loans" - As we come into this graduation season, are there warnings in God's Word about how we use education? And what about wealth, can the very blessings of God hinder someone's relationship with God? What about our attempts to bless others? Can they be misguided, such as when we co-sign loans? Can they be a snare to the receiver and to us?As we come into this graduation season, are there warnings in God’s Word about how we use education? And what about wealth, can the very blessings of God hinder someone’s relationship with God?

What about our attempts to bless others? Can they be misguided, such as when we co-sign loans? Can they be a snare to the receiver and to us?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 9 & 10
Psalm 69.1-4
Proverbs 17.18-22
John 11.30-57

 

Dangers of Wealth, Education & Co-Signing Loans

 

1 Kings 9 & 10:

Wealth & Education

 

Solomon has been king for some time and God had blessed him and the nation of Israel beyond imagination. Can you imagine a time in history when the blessings of God were so great that silver was accounted for nothing? And, in fact, the gold that Solomon acquired was measured in “talents.” A talent was 100 pounds and would probably be worth over $5,000,000.00 today.

And it wasn’t just the monetary blessings, God had blessed Solomon with great wisdom—so much so—that the Queen of Sheba traveled 1200 miles at a time when there were no jets, no trains, not even cars, only camels, horses and carts—just to see if it was true!

But then to see how the sinful nature of man can allow even the blessings of God to become a snare. Solomon began to accumulate wealth in a way that he had been forbidden to do. It’s not that it’s wrong to “save” or to have money in the bank, or even to have material goods. Remember, God gave Joseph the wisdom to set aside stores of food to last Egypt through 7 years of famine and enough to sell to people from other nations.

But when we quit relying on God and begin to rely on the “strength of horses” and how many “talents of gold” we have stored up, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. Today we may not rely on horses and we may or may not have much gold, but we can easily rely on our retirement plans, our 401Ks, the Social Security System or the government, when God wants us to rely on Him. He is to be our source and our trust is to be in Him, no matter what means He uses to meet our needs.

And what about much learning? Is there danger in education?

Even great wisdom, if it’s the world’s wisdom instead of God’s, can be a stumbling block. Romans 1 tells us:

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (vv. 20-22).

That is the state of much of our educational system today.

Once we begin to focus on things other than God, we can easily be drawn into greater and greater sin. In tomorrow’s reading we’ll see the downward spiral of sin in Solomon’s life.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 69.1-4:

Up to Your Neck in Problems

 

Have you ever felt like the psalmist—so overwhelmed with problems that you felt like you were “up to your neck in them”? Here the psalmist was even falsely blamed for being the source of the problems. Tomorrow we will see that in spite of it all, the writer kept his eyes on God knowing that He would vindicate him in due time.

 

Proverbs 17.18-22:

Co-Signing Loans

 

Verse 18, “A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.”

co-signing

The word “understanding” is often used in Proverbs and means “the ability to process information.”

This verse is about “co-signing.” So we could paraphrase it, “A man without the ability to process information co-signs for a friend.”

That’s pretty clear, isn’t it?

Besides not being the wise thing for us as the co-signer, it is usually the wrong thing to do where the other person is concerned. There is often a reason they are unable to purchase something on their own: their age, their income, or past decisions, for example. Too many times we are getting in the way of God’s work in their lives and allowing them to get in over their heads.

There may be a few exceptions, but I have found they are few and far between.

 

John 11.30-57:

Anger or Belief

 

throwing stones rocks angerIn chapter 11 Jesus had performed the great miracle of raising Lazarus after he had been dead for four days. It caused some to believe and others to plot to kill him (11.45, 53). The same is true today. While God’s handiwork is everywhere, those who choose not to believe are not only not persuaded, but angry at the suggestion He is at work!

Blessings,
Donna


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“Housewives & Kingdom Rewards” May 27

 

Housewife & Kingdom Rewards - Have you ever wanted to go out into the mission field? or record a Christian hit song? or be a great Bible teacher? And instead, you find yourself cooking and cleaning and teaching Bible verses to preschoolers. What does God have to say about housewives and kingdom rewards?Have you ever wanted to go out into the mission field? or record a Christian hit song? or be a great Bible teacher? And instead, you find yourself cooking and cleaning and teaching Bible verses to preschoolers.  What does God have to say about housewives and kingdom rewards?

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 1 & 2
Psalm 68.11-14
Proverbs 17.7-9
John 9.24-41

 

Housewives & Kingdom Rewards

 

Psalm 68.11-14:

She Who Remains at Home

 

Psalm 68 is a psalm of prayer, praise and thanksgiving to God for His care over His people and for giving them victory.

But before we pass by too quickly, there’s a sweet phrase tucked into verse 12. It says, “and she who remains at home divides the spoil.”

What an encouragement this should be to you precious stay-at-home moms to know that God sees what you do as just as valuable and important to kingdom work as any other responsibility (more so, really, because you are raising the next generation for God). It’s also a reminder that you will share in kingdom rewards just as fully!

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

1 Kings 1 & 2:

Solomon Becomes King

 

In chapter 1 King David is dying. (Those of us who are married and getting older can be thankful for electric blankets, none of that “virgin heating” for our husbands! You’ll just have to read the passage! 1 Kings 1.1-4) Continue reading

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Romantic coupleSolomon and his bride have a lot to teach us about God’s will for passionate physical love within marriage.

Today’s Readings:
Song of Solomon 1 & 2
Psalm 104.1-9
Proverbs 24.15-16
1 Corinthians 11.17-34

Song of Solomon 1 & 2:

God & sex

Just in case you didn’t think God sees sex as a good thing, think again. The Song of Solomon is a book about the sexual relationship between a man and a woman! It’s written in the form of Hebrew poetry, something most of us find somewhat foreign, but if we go through it prayerfully, I believe God will give us some great nuggets of truth. Truths that can open our minds, not just to God’s thoughts on sexual intimacy, but to the incredible love He has for us and the intimacy He desires with us. REMEMBER: Marriage is supposed to be a picture of Christ and His church (Eph. 5.32)! So even if you’re single, the Song of Songs has much to say to you.

young kissing coupleLet’s start with 1.2:

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is better than wine.”

According to Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus in their book Intimate Issues, the word for kiss in Hebrew is onomatopoetic, that is, it sounds like what it means. They suggest we might translate this verse, “O, that he’d give me some of his smacking kisses that take my breath away.” Continue reading

May 27 “Housewives and kingdom rewards”

Have you ever wanted to go out into the mission field? or record a Christian hit song? or be a great Bible teacher? And instead, you find yourself cooking and cleaning and teaching Bible verses to preschoolers.  What does God have to say about housewives and kingdom rewards?

housewives and kingdom rewards

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 1 & 2
Psalm 68.11-14
Proverbs 17.7-9
John 9.24-41

1 Kings 1 & 2:

Solomon becomes king

In chapter 1 King David is dying. (Those of us who are married and getting older can be thankful for electric blankets, none of that “virgin heating” for our husbands! You’ll just have to read the passage!)

David’s oldest son, Adonijah tries to take control of the throne before his father is even dead. It’s obvious he knows that Solomon is the one who is to be king because he conveniently neglects to invite him to the “coronation.” But God in His sovereignty sees to it that his plan is revealed. Instead Solomon is crowned as king while his father is still alive.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps (Prov. 16.9).

A new king in town

Before he died David warned Solomon of some people to watch out for and gave him some last minute instructions, but Solomon, immediately, demonstrates a new style of leadership beginning with his response to his brother Adonijah (chap. 2).

Adonijah had committed treason and, even today, treason can result in the death penalty. But Solomon showed mercy. When his brother submitted to his authority and appeared to repent, Solomon sent him home. I’m sure he had his suspicions about Adonijah’s motives, but he gave him the benefit of the doubt.

1 Corinthians 13 says, “… love believes the best …”

Love chooses to believe the best until facts prove otherwise. In this case, Adonijah’s motives are soon revealed. He attempted to deceive Bathsheba into helping him regain power by allowing him to marry Abishag, the young woman who cared for David when he was dying. Had he married someone that close to the king, it would have given him a claim to the throne. And once his true motives were revealed, Solomon acted quickly and decisively.

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