Debt – A Way Of Life

Debt – A Way Of Life

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“…but you shall not borrow…”

I believe God is advising Israel on how to stay wealthy and self-sufficient, as a nation and a people.  I believe God is advising us, on a personal level, on how to stay in control of your life.

I’m not going to get into the amount of debt we have as a country, nor the amount that other countries owe our country.  I guess I just wanted to write about another example of advice and wisdom that has transcended through the ages. Continue reading

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Unless the Lord builds the house.

What is the house that King David is talking about?  It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings.  To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading

The Trap Of Arrogance

The Trap Of Arrogance

Psalm 73:1-3

Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses.  As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading

What’s Wrong With A Census?

What’s Wrong With A Census?

1 Chronicles 21:1-7

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.” But Joab said, “May the Lord add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord’s servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab.  But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.

When I first read these verses I didn’t understand why God would be displeased with King David taking a census.  I thought, what is wrong with knowing how many citizens you have to rule.  Countries, including our country, take a census every so many years to determine population growth, changes in demographics, etc.  Where is the sin it this?

Then, as I read it again, I realized David was getting the number of soldiers he had under his command.  Okay, again what’s wrong with that?  Eisenhower needed to know troop strength for both the Allies and the Axis.  What commander wouldn’t want to know this?  That is vital information for strategic and logistical planning.

I also wondered why David’s top commander bulked at this request.  What did he know that David didn’t know?  How did Joab know David was committing a sin? Continue reading

Debt – A Way Of Life

Debt – A Way Of Life

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“…but you shall not borrow…”

I believe God is advising Israel on how to stay wealthy and self-sufficient, as a nation and a people.  I believe God is advising us, on a personal level, on how to stay in control of your life.

I’m not going to get into the amount of debt we have as a country, nor the amount that other countries owe our country.  I guess I just wanted to write about another example of advice and wisdom that has transcended through the ages. Continue reading

Sentence Of Death From Birth

Sentence Of Death From Birth

2nd Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it.  It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.

I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. Continue reading

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Psalms 37:1-4

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;

be not envious of wrongdoers!

For they will soon fade like the grass

and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on.  The is where my finger landed.

I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:

The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading