An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I Want, I Want, I Want

(Proverbs 12:12 KJV)  The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Am I the only one who has looked at the gains of people who have cheated and lied and felt like the world is just not a fair place?  I look at Al Gore and the awesome amounts of money he has made playing the Global Warming card, and a Nobel Prize as frosting on the cake.  I look at the guys who thought up the scheme of siphoning off the small percentage that was involved in rounding off bank accounts and over a period of time accumulated wealth I can only dream of.  At times I day-dream of getting a piece of those pies.  Then I realize that is not the way of a just and holy God and flee from that tangent.

If sin is still the focus of our life we are “wicked” (7563).  It doesn’t matter what prayer I prayed at summer camp or how many camp meetings I have attended.  My focus must be on the things of God.

Remember that the sin is not in the temptation. 
(James 1:14-15 KJV)  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
It is not the first thought, or even the second that brings sin and death.  It is the desire.  I pray that my desires would be focused on the things of God not the things of men.

So?  We aware of what attracts your desire.  Is it something that draws you away from God?  Then it is of the devil.  Resist him and he will flee from you.  It is not a bad idea to do little attitude checks as the day goes on.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes and direct you in the path of righteousness.


A.M. Mallett said...

I have loved this proverb and like yourself, I've wondered how life is so unfair, that is until I began meditating on the following.

“¶ But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1Ti 6:6-12 AV)

Gorges Smythe said...

I remind myself that I've got it GOOD compared to Job, and even he was out of line!

Pumice said...

Today as I was walking the Lord was reminding me of how many incredible blessings I have in almost every area of life. For instance, I have been diagnosed with diabetes, but we have caught it early and it may be a wake up call to greater personal discipline.

Thanks for the reminder of Paul's letter to Timothy, A.M.

And Job is a great reminder with his comment that "Yet, thou He slay me, still will I trust Him," Gorges.

Grace and peace