19 Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, and the power to enjoy them and to accept his appointed lot and to rejoice in his toil–this is the gift of God [to him].20 For he shall not much remember [seriously] the days of his life, because God [Himself] answers and corresponds to the joy of his heart [the tranquility of God is mirrored in him].
God wants us to view what we have (whether it is much or little) with the right perspective-our possessions are a gift from God. Although they are not the source of joy, they are a reason to rejoice because every good thing comes from God. We should focus more on the Giver than the gift. We can be content with what we have when we realize that with God, we have everything we need.
18 For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
I thank You that Your Word and Your people are around me. I thank You Lord that daily Your Word speaks hope and truth to me and my heart. I thank You Lord for people who share encourage and hope and Your Word and Wisdom through tools that can speak into my life at just the right time, just as You are able to speak through Your Holy Spirit into my life at home, at work, in the car, and anywhere in between. Lord, I thank You for caring for me and allowing me to pursue the dreams of my childhood and that You would provide me the answers. I thank You for caring for me and bring me out from a difficult place where I thought I was busy and into a place where I could learn about the power and promises of God through a living relationship with You and Your people and the impact that has made on my work, my life, my relationships, my perspective, and my hope ever since. God I know that in life there will be troubles, but Your Word says that we should take heart for Jesus has overcome the world and Lord, we even read that Jesus doesn’t ask us to be taken up from the world, but that You keep and protect us from the evil one. God as I look to You today as my source of strength and wisdom and as I look ahead praying that You will open the right door for what You have planned next, I praise You for the encouragement You provide and rebuke the fear the enemy tries to bring into my mind and heart, in Jesus’ name. Lord, Lord, as I look at even the first Tweet I saw this morning, it spoke right into this – Fear tries to get us to give up, but faith takes us all the way through to victory! Lord, I lift up this day and weekend to You and ask that You will be glorified in all I do and say and pray Lord that You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 2 Who can put into words and tell the mighty deeds of the Lord? Or who can show forth all the praise [that is due Him]?3 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who observe justice [treating others fairly] and who do right and are in right standing with God at all times.4 [Earnestly] remember me, O Lord, when You favor Your people! O visit me also when You deliver them, and grant me Your salvation!–5 That I may see and share the welfare of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your heritage.6 We have sinned, as did also our fathers; we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly. 7 Our fathers in Egypt understood not nor appreciated Your miracles; they did not [earnestly] remember the multitude of Your mercies nor imprint Your loving-kindness [on their hearts], but they were rebellious and provoked the Lord at the sea, even at the Red Sea. 8 Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake [to prove the righteousness of the divine character], that He might make His mighty power known.9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; so He led them through the depths as through a pastureland. 10 And He saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the [Egyptian] enemy. 11 And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. 12 Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them]; they sang His praise.13 But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them,14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert. 15 And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls and [thinned their numbers by] disease and death. 16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron [the high priest], the holy one of the Lord. 17 Therefore the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan and closed over the company of Abiram. 18 And a fire broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. 19 They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a molten image. 20 Thus they exchanged Him Who was their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass [they traded their Honor for the image of a calf]!21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done such great things in Egypt,22 Wonders and miracles in the land of Ham, dreadful and awesome things at the Red Sea.23 Therefore He said He would destroy them. [And He would have done so] had not Moses, His chosen one, stepped into the breach before Him to turn away His threatening wrath. 24 Then they spurned and despised the pleasant and desirable land [Canaan]; they believed not His word [neither trusting in, relying on, nor holding to it];25 But they murmured in their tents and hearkened not to the voice of the Lord.26 Therefore He lifted up His hand [as if taking an oath] against them, that He would cause them to fall in the wilderness,27 Cast out their descendants among the nations, and scatter them in the lands [of the earth].28 They joined themselves also to the [idol] Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices [offered] to the lifeless [gods].29 Thus they provoked the Lord to anger with their practices, and a plague broke out among them.30 Then stood up Phinehas [the priest] and executed judgment, and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was credited to him for righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) to all generations forever.32 They angered the Lord also at the waters of Meribah, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes; 33 For they provoked [Moses’] spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips.34 They did not destroy the [heathen] nations as the Lord commanded them,35 But mingled themselves with the [idolatrous] nations and learned their ways and works36 And served their idols, which were a snare to them.37 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons 38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with their blood.39 Thus were they defiled by their own works, and they played the harlot and practiced idolatry with their own deeds [of idolatrous rites].40 Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against His people, insomuch that He abhorred and rejected His own heritage. 41 And He gave them into the hands of the [heathen] nations, and they that hated them ruled over them.42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under the hand of their foes.43 Many times did [God] deliver them, but they were rebellious in their counsel and sank low through their iniquity.44 Nevertheless He regarded their distress when He heard their cry;45 And He [earnestly] remembered for their sake His covenant and relented their sentence of evil [comforting and easing Himself] according to the abundance of His mercy and loving-kindness [when they cried out to Him].46 He also caused [Israel] to find sympathy among those who had carried them away captive.47 Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in praising You.48 Blessed (affectionately and gratefully praised) be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, Amen! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
1 A WISE son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father’s instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke.2 A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.3 He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.4 The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied. 5 A [consistently] righteous man hates lying and deceit, but a wicked man is loathsome [his very breath spreads pollution] and he comes [surely] to shame.6 Righteousness (rightness and justice in every area and relation) guards him who is upright in the way, but wickedness plunges into sin and overthrows the sinner.7 One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches. 8 A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].9 The light of the [uncompromisingly] righteous [is within him–it grows brighter and] rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked [furnishes only a derived, temporary light and] shall be put out shortly.10 By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and godly Wisdom.11 Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.13 Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded.14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.15 Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard [like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].16 Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a [self-confident] fool exposes and flaunts his folly.17 A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.18 Poverty and shame come to him who refuses instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.19 Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].20 He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it. 21 Evil pursues sinners, but the consistently upright and in right standing with God is recompensed with good.22 A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.23 Much food is in the tilled land of the poor, but there are those who are destroyed because of injustice.24 He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. 25 The [uncompromisingly] righteous eats to his own satisfaction, but the stomach of the wicked is in want.