God's Word

I really love God’s word. I always seem to be studying something in it every day.
To read and to study God’s word is two different things. When we read, we
usually read for pleasure, reassurance, peace… But when we study God’s word
we are on a quest to learn something, to understand something, to dig
deeper and find treasures, and to apply that which is learned to our lives.
Recently I decided to read and study the book of Proverbs. There are 31 Proverbs
in the book of Proverbs- one for each day of the month. As I read, I let God
speak to me through His word. The Proverbs that seem to jump off the page at
me are the ones I begin to study and contemplate. Many times the one that
stands out to me the most is the one I need the most in my live at the time!
Have you ever found that to be true in your life?

Today’s Proverb states in Proverbs 23:4-5 (NLT),

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.
In the blink of an eye wealth disappears For it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.”

How many of us are guilty of this? We work and work thinking if “I can just
make a little extra money I’ll be happy, or I’ll have everything I want, etc...”
Yes, I know we all need money to live. That’s why we work, but money should
not be our driving force. The pursuit of wealth should not take away from our
family time, our relationship with our spouse and children or our commitment
to Christ.

Call me old fashion, but I still think we should keep the Sabbath day holy,
meaning not working on Sunday if at all possible. It’s the Lord’s day and we
should spend it with HIM by going to church and spending the day with our family.
If God rested on the seventh day, that’s good enough reason for me!
The Bible also says in Matthew 6:19-21(NKJV),

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and
 where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys  and where thieves do not break in
and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Our treasures are stored up in heaven. Our treasures are those little faces
looking across the table at us at dinnertime. Our treasures are found in the joy
and laughter of our families. Our treasures are NOT in big houses and fancy cars
and the latest gadgets. That might mean we need to start living within our means.
That might mean we have to say no to things we can’t afford.
That might mean we have to say no to
our kids sometimes. Don’t worry it won’t break them, it builds character.

The things we work for that are eternal are the only things that real count!
Start going home on time to spend the evening with your spouse and children.
Ask your boss if you can have Sundays off; at lease every once in a while.
Start living within your means. Start storing up eternal treasures in heaven.
As my dad used to always say, “There’s no luggage rack on a hearse.”
The only thing we get to take out of this world are those we win to Christ!

Pastor Joanna

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