Thought for the Day

Blinded By Wealth

James 5:1-6
(1) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
(2) Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
(3) Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
(4) Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.


Pro.14:4 "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox."

Wisdom here speaks of one of the axioms of an imperfect world: if we are to make advantage of life, there will be certain unpleasantries to deal with but they are worth it. We must consider the trouble/benefit ratio of virtually every venture. Few are the "win/win" issues of life; almost all things are compromises.

There may be less hassle in renting an apartment than owning and maintaining a home, but the advantages of home ownership are usually worth it. Paul even advises that there is less hassle in remaining single (1 Co.7:32-35) than being married, but (thankfully) this he only spake by permission, not commandment (1 Co.7:6-7)! Marriage, with all of its frictions, disappointments and distractions is a blessed estate ordained of God for the fulness of man and woman's joy. It is honourable in all (Heb.13:4).


Gen.29:32-35 "And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. (33) And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I [was] hated, he hath therefore given me this [son] also: and she called his name Simeon. (34) And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. (35) And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing."


Dan.6:23-24 "Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. (24) And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den."

A hymnwriter wrote: "When Daniel faithful to His God would not bow down to men, and by his enemies was hurled into the lions' den. God shut the lions' mouths, we read, and robbed them of their prey...." What the hymnwriter did not enlarge upon is this incredible turn of events which followed Daniel's deliverance. It is a profound example of something that Solomon noted in his proverbs:


"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" (Eph 2:2)

Satan is here called the "prince of the power of the air." The Lord Jesus referred to him as the "prince of this world" (Joh.12:31; Joh.14:30; Joh.16:11). Though evil, yet has he a royal dignity to not be taken lightly. For this reason, "...Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee" (Jude 1:9). What then, do we make of some television evangelists who wax bold about how they will frankly give Satan a spiritual karate kick and put him in his place? Perhaps the poet said it well, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."


Num 17:1-13 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of [their] fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. (3) And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod [shall be] for the head of the house of their fathers. (4) And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.


"We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:" (Pro 1:13-14)


Hebrews 7:15-18
(15) And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
(16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
(17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.


"And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar." (Gen.8:20)

The face of the world had just been wiped clean by the Flood. Noah and his family here set foot in a world that was, in virtually every sense, completely unlike the one that had been overthrown. The topography, geography, biology and climate of earth had all been changed. Uncertainties abounded. How would they survive? What should they do first? But Noah was a man of faith (Heb.11:7). When every natural instinct of man would be to first build a home for shelter, Noah instead "builded an altar unto the LORD." Religion was his chief concern. Abram (Abraham), another man of faith, was of a similar heart. When God called him out of his home country of Ur to serve Him in strange new lands, Abram first built an altar unto the LORD (Gen.12:7-8).

Following Jesus

"And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues" (MAR 3:9-10).

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