Saturday, October 27, 2012

Proverbs 23:4–5

"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 straightforward these verses are! How true, too—riches can take wing so quickly. Taxes can eat away at the nest egg, or an unexpected repair or medical bill can demolish your savings. What's the answer? The issue here seems to be restraint. If you trust in God to take care of your needs, you can find balance. You can take time for rest and recreation. Work hard—but don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Work hard—but know when to quit. Trust the ultimate source of your provision: God.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

John 4:34

"Then Jesus explained: 'My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.'"


"Nourishment"—energy—came to Jesus through doing God's will and completing the work he was given to do. A strong sense of purpose energizes us spiritually as much as food energizes us physically. It's just as important as food. Do you possess this strong sense of purpose and of the work God has given you to do? If not, pray for God to show you!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Proverbs 22:24–25

"Don't befriend angry people
  or associate with hot-tempered people,
or you will learn to be like them
  and endanger your soul."

These verses give us permission to avoid close relationships with angry or "toxic" people. You may not be able to avoid them altogether, but you can avoid getting too close. You can avoid constant association with them. You can be pleasant and kind, but keep your distance. These verses imply that angry people are actually dangerous to your soul. They will bring you down to their level, every time. You become like those you associate with regularly.