Skip to main content

Rich or poor?

There are just some things in life we should never ignore.  If we have a toothache and attempt to ignore the fact this aching pain has significance, we may be subject to root canal and a crown at a later date.  If our right lower abdomen aches and aches to the point of becoming quite tender, we might just be late to catch a very inflamed appendix before it ruptures bringing all kinds of other issues we'd rather not have to deal with.  Ignoring the red warning light on the dashboard of your car could result in you being stranded far away from help when you most need it.  It just isn't wise to ignore things that are right there in front of us.  So, I have to ask this:  Why is it that we can ignore the Word of God for so long and think we will be able to make a go of things without issue in our lives?  There is just something "foolish" in ignoring what is right in front of us - especially when what is there has the capacity to bring life, avoid harm, and build trust!

Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God’s commands and grow rich. (Proverbs 13:13 MSG)

Ignoring something means we actively refrain from noticing or paying attention to it.  It isn't passive - it requires our active participation to ignore something.  Get a paper cut on your finger and try ignoring it!  That tiny cut, seemingly insignificant in comparison to the entire rest of your body's skin which is full intact will nag at you each time you touch it, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer, or just plain split it open again before it has a chance to heal.  It seemed insignificant, but just because it wasn't right in your field of sight all of the time doesn't make it any less "there"!

The Word of God is not something given for our occasional intake.  Without a regular intake of the Word, we have more than a "subtle" chance of developing severe "spiritual anemia" and "malnutrition".  Since the Word was designed for "regular" and "consistent" intake, anything less will just cause us to be spiritually depleted.  Yet, it is not enough to just "take it in".  We probably "take in" a whole lot of food items which have little to no nutritional value for our bodies, but we like the taste of them.  The value of taking in the right stuff, at the right time, in the right frame of mind and heart cannot be denied.  

The Word is given for whatever "frame of mind" or status of heart we might be in, and for the specific timing of our need.  To ignore help when it is right in front of us would be considered "unwise" by most.  It would be like being offered life-blood when we are on the verge of dying without it!  The advantages to getting into the Word and allowing it to get into us - we learn what it is we are to be doing in this life and in turn, we become rich.  Not a physical wealth of sorts, but a mental, spiritual, and emotional richness.  The Word is able to impact our minds when there is uncertainty, settling us down, and helping us to focus.  It is able to strengthen us beyond our "capacity" to deal with life's challenges.  It is equally as efficient at bringing order to our out of control emotions.  But...we must take it in, pay attention to what is being said to us, and then act upon it!

Most people who acquire physical wealth in their lifetime don't do so because they ignore opportunities to invest wisely.  In fact, they take advantage of those opportunities even when they may seem like a little bit of a "long shot". There is some risk in their investment, but it is a "calculated risk".  I want us to begin to consider the "risk" we take by ignoring God's Word.  Is it truthfully a "calculated" risk?  Not likely!  We just get so busy, too intent on doing things independently, or just plain don't see the value in it, so we ignore it and miss out on the opportunity to have it guide us through life.

Richness is described as the state of abounding.  In other words, there is just plain "NO LACK" of anything we need.  If we are experiencing "lack" in any way today, it might just be that we need a little more of God's Word to assist us in moving from "lack" into "richness".  Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce


When someone tells you that you need to wrap your mind around some concept, they are telling you that the subject at hand will take some effort on our part to actually get enough of a hint of it in order to even remotely understand it. The subject is complex, even a little overwhelming, and we will have to apply ourselves to really grasp it very well. We cannot wrap our minds around God's wisdom and knowledge - because it is infinite and our brains are sadly finite. We can only 'think' so far and then we have to 'trust'. Some of us think there is nothing we can trust if we cannot 'think' it through, but this will never work when it comes to our faith. Faith requires trust in what is unseen and not fully comprehended. The truth we believe is really building our trust, but until we approach God with more trust than 'thought', we will never fully grasp some of the things he has prepared for us. We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledg

Give him the pieces

What or Who is it that causes division among you right now? Maybe it is more of a 'what' than a 'who' that is creating the division between you and something you need in your life. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction to something that keeps coming between you and true liberty from the hold that thing has on you. Yes, addiction is really the worst kind of enslavement one can imagine - being so emotionally or psychologically attached to the 'thing' that any attempt to break free causes so much trauma in your life that you just cannot imagine being free. But...God is above that addiction - he is stronger than the emotional or psychological pull that thing has in your life. Maybe the dividing force in your life right now is a 'who' - a tough relationship challenge between you and a coworker, a spouse that seems to no longer share your interests or values, or even a relative that doesn't understand some of your choices and now chooses to withdraw