Thursday, July 02, 2009

Listen for God’s wisdom

Good morning. This is a devotional for single adults from Parenting Solo, but the message also applies to single adults without children who may one day marry a single parent and be a step-parent. Feel Free to forward it to a friend.

Scripture: Psalm 49:1-3, 20 (NIV) Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the utterance from my heart will give understanding. …
A man who has riches without understanding
is like the beasts that perish.

There are many in America today praying that God will use this financial calamity to bring people to their knees to honor God. I am one of those people. I believe that God angry that our country has turned its back on him in favor of other gods – namely, money. Pornography, abortion, gambling, credit cards, big houses, fancy cards, big boy toys, electronic gadgets, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum.

It’s all about the Benjamins. Always has been, always will be. Throughout history, people have pursued money with a vengeance and forsaken God. Much of the story of the Israelites is about them turning from God and following the ungodly nations that surrounded them. God was in a constant tug of war over their hearts. The prospect of riches hardened people’s hearts toward God. Nothing new there.

Today is no different in America. People are getting rich over global warming and being green, all in the name of Mother Earth, the newest god. Politicians are lining their pockets with money from abortionists and gay rights groups. All the while, the people believe the messages being spouted and they forget the words that God has given us. We are in our current financial climate because of greed. We are mired in this money mess because people turned from God’s ways and went in search of wealth.

Now, we are a nation facing the consequences of that greed. People over-extended. People took out loans they shouldn’t have. Investments once thought sound went sour. Countless couples divorced under a mound of credit card debt because they bought too many fun things without the up-front capital. Digging out of this disaster will not be easy. If we try to get out the same way we got in, we will be stuck in the muck for a long time. The answer is to seek God’s word, which gives us wisdom. All those who have or had riches without understanding are lost. Without God, life is meaningless. Perhaps a few of those once-wealthy people brought to their knees will realize that they are in this position for a reason. You’re already down on your knees; you ‘bout as well pray and seek God’s ways, not your own.

How does this apply to my life?

Today’s prayer: Lord, help me to listen for your words of wisdom. Help me to tone out the ways of the world, and to follow only your voice. Amen

Doug Mead
Parenting Solo

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Vol. 4, No. 70

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