Trusting God

One of my favorite Bible verses is: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

I heard a few weeks ago that General Motors is firing 15 per cent of their workforce in Detroit, MI and other locations in the United States and Canada. Ford Motor Company may not be far behind.

I don’t live near these cities, and none of our acquaintances work in the automobile production industry. Yet, I feel compassion for those being let go. Some people in America don’t save money for emergencies.

We received a gift from a relative which allows us to see local television for the first time in many years. I got used to programs without commercials. The advertising costs an incredible amount of money to lure customers to purchase stuff. I looked away from the appealing pictures of new cars, cruises in warm weather ports, diamond rings equated to love, and lots of beer commercials during the football games.

All of those things may deplete an emergency savings account, if one ever got started. None of those things count as needs. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians in chapter 4, verses l0-13 it says in the New King James Version, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

When people in America lose their homes from unemployment, mud slides, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, etc. I pray for their physical needs, their emotional and spiritual condition.

In First Peter 5:7 in the NKJV, Peter tells us, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you,” happens after we’ve humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God. When God sees humility towards Him and others, He’ll exalt us in due time.

Our lives are meant to bring glory to God in good times and in bad. The Bible is our life manual for every aspect of life. If you’re suffering, God sees you.

He understands your choices. He promises to take care of all your physical and eternal needs if you’ll seek the kingdom of God first in your life. Food, clothing and housing: Jesus said God knows your requirements for life.

As earthly possessions slide out of our grasp, the eternal stays with us forever.

May God bless you!

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The Great Waste

Pro 18:9, (KJV) He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Pro 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 

As I read Proverbs, I wonder why they are linked together without a discernible connection.

 

These two proverbs got me thinking. If I am lazy in my work, I’m negating productivity for my boss or for my own business purposes, even non-profit purposes. By neglecting housework and decorating, a house will lose value on the market when it’s time to sell.

 

If a person neglects seeking God because they don’t care to work against their fleshly desires, great waste comes into their lives: earthly and eventually eternal destruction.

 

Now, someone may say, “Who do you think you are saying if I don’t seek God, I’m courting wastefulness?”

 

Recently, I spoke to a young nurse. I told her that after I went to college, I turned from following Christian practices for a period of time. When I met Christian friends and decided to get back on track with God, it impacted the number of children I had. I felt content with two children. Then spending time in the Word and prayer, I felt as if God wanted me to have another baby.

 

My neighbors told me I’d have another and I said, “No way.”

 

It wasn’t much longer and I began praying that we would have one more child. God gives all of us the choice to follow Him or not. I just know that I’ve heard many testimonies of people that planned to live one way until they decided to give God the reigns of their life.

 

Then the desires of their heart changed. Some missionaries changed course radically. From business school to Bible College, from the accumulation of money to the pouring out of their lives to the poor, they found a radical transformation in direction.

 

If a person decides to follow the precepts of the Bible, they may adopt a stronger work ethic because of reading various verses encouraging working for God and not for man.

 

For example, in Col 3:22, (KJV)  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

 

Previously, in Col 3:17, (KJV), it says, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

 

With a greater work ethic, promotions may come along. In some companies, persecution may arise as well, if everyone else slacks off. Jesus said if they persecuted Him, His followers could expect to be persecuted as well. The payoff of eternal life instead of eternal death outweighed any difficulties this earth offers.

 

The Apostle Paul worded it this way in 2Cor. 4:17, (KJV)  “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

 

God bless!