Monday, June 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 155 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Proverbs 28:8, “Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.”
v 11, “The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.”
v 19, “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
v 27, “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing…”
Proverbs 29:3, “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.”
v 14, “If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.”
Psalm 60:5, “Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.”
Romans 16:17, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way…” (Continuing yesterday’s theme about relationship…)
Solomon often compares rich and poor, and those who have wisdom and discernment to those who lack it. Not favoring one over the other (rich or poor), necessarily… keeping in mind that Solomon was wealthy beyond imagination, but he also cared for the poor. That is evident in Chronicles, as well as his writings in Proverbs.
Solomon wrote about those who “chase fantasies” and he also wrote about the one who “squanders his wealth” (on prostitutes.) The poor (may) want to get rich… then it’s easy to squander it. The rich can be foolish and the poor can be wise. And vice versa…
Funny how that works.
Solomon even addresses how one’s wealth is accumulated. He values hard work (remember, he was a warrior before he was king) even though he inherited great wealth, he also increased it over his forty year reign. (Can you imagine what it cost to support 700 wives and 300 concubines??)
Solomon was like most of us. Wise at times and in some things. Not so in others.
One of his most foolish decisions was marrying the Egyptian woman, right off the bat. All his foreign women led him astray and into worshiping false gods. Not wise.
All the wisdom in the world can not overshadow a foolish decision.
When history looks back on anyone’s life, all of our lives are boiled down to just a few bullet points… highlights, if you will.
If I say the name, “Martin Luther King, Jr.” you’ll most likely think, “I have a dream,” and remember his as one who was killed in the pursuit of equality.
If I say the name, “George W. Bush,” you’ll most likely think about 9/11 and “Soon they’ll hear ALL our voices,” …and the war in Iraq.
If I say the name, “Abraham Lincoln,” you’ll most likely think, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
If I say the name, “Pete Rose,” you’ll most likely think of him as baseball’s hit-leader… not in the hall of fame, due to his gambling on baseball.
Every person’s life fits snugly onto a page on Wikipedia.
Even at the end of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, unfamiliar people are immortalized in a sentence… “Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.”
As opposed to Titus 1 that states, “One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” Nice…
We are. Every day…
Lord help me to walk out my faith, day by day… and to remember I am writing my own history with every decision I make. Help me to keep in step with your Spirit, in Jesus’ name. Amen.