Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Reward now…or Later?~ February 25, 2014

lose soulDoes it bother anyone else when you look around and see the people who are living like hell thriving while the godly seem to struggle?  This used to be a real issue for me in my early years as a Christian.  I would basically fuss at God.  “Why is that heathen excelling while my friend who loves you is barely scrapping by?  Lord, are you even paying attention?!”

“The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good….Even hell holds no secrets from God- do you think he can’t read human hearts?”  (Proverbs 15:3 & 11 NLT/Message)

These verses were incredibly freeing for me.  I’m not going to pretend to fully understand the why behind it all, but a wise man, also known as my husband, once shared a profound truth with me: “The wicked are receiving their reward now while ours is being stored up for us in eternity.  It’s one of the tricks of the enemy.”  I would much rather struggle for a little while in this life in order to receive my blessings in Heaven than live as the world calls blessed now and spend eternity in the fiery pits of Hell.

“It’s better to obey the Lord and have only a little, than to be very rich and terribly confused.” (Proverbs 15:16 CEV)

While it may appear to those of us on the outside looking in, that the one who is successful has it all, we haven’t a clue what demons they are dealing with behind closed doors.  I wrote this poem about a year ago and shared it on this blog last May.  It is relevant to this post, so I am sharing once again.

The Rich Man

I know a man who has it all;

big house, nice car, designer clothes.

He’s attained success in his career,

good luck follows him wherever he goes.

So why is it that his demeanor

is down-cast, sullen and morose?

Could it be that beneath all the accolades

lies a secret that nobody knows?

While wealth and good fortune are his for the taking,

his spiritual life; a disaster in the making.

He gives no recognition to the God

who gave him a firm place to stand.

God deserves none of the credit;

he is a self-made man.

His days are filled with good times and laughter

but what about what happens after?

In the quiet of darkness, he lies alone.

Inside the recesses of his mind

where “light” has never shone.

For even though he has it all, there is one thing he lacks.

A relationship with his Creator

has slipped right through the cracks.

Life without our Lord and Savior is really no life at all

So the rich man isn’t actually rich

for he remains broken from the fall.

So do not envy my friend, the rich man

for his riches shall all pass away.

His achievements will prove to him useless

before the Lord on Judgment Day.

For the one who submits that God is Lord over all, our pain lasts but a moment, while our joy is everlasting.  For the one who seeks earthly possessions over heavenly gain,  “you must be humbled before you can be honored.”  (Proverbs 15:33 ERV)

*We are at our halfway point of the Book of Proverbs study.  Let us continue with diligence and a a willingness to let the Lord reveal new wisdom to us.

 

~Be Quiet, Wisdom is Speaking~ February 18, 2014

I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity; Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,whose ways I hate with a passion—pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics; I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.
With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly;
With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me, those who look for me find me.
Wealth and Glory accompany me—also substantial Honor and a Good Name.
My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me, filling their arms with life—armloads of life!” (Proverbs 8:12-21 The Message)wisdom listens

There are two kinds of wisdom:

Book Smarts

Common Sense

I am a big fan of reading as much as you possibly can.  Books open your mind and imagination and spark creativity in the most unique way.  However, reading can only gain you so much knowledge if you are unable to apply that which you are studying.

The entire Book of Proverbs revolves around wisdom.  In this 31 day study, it may begin to feel a bit redundant when you flip open your Bible and the header for the day’s chapter is wisdom related.  “Seriously, how much can one say about wisdom?  I get it already!”

But do you get it?

 We can memorize every line of Proverbs and still not live our lives with wisdom as it is referenced in the Scriptures.  You can have the most intelligent mind among your peers and be severely lacking in common sense.  Biblical wisdom is having the ability to discern right from wrong.  This is disturbing, but a good portion of serial killers are highly educated minds with insanely high IQs yet they can’t differentiate between good and evil.

Wisdom is not something you read about and grasp instantaneously.  You have to seek it, daily.  Before your feet even hit the floor each morning, you should be asking God for discernment in all that you deal with in the course of that day.  If you are not actively pursuing wisdom, foolishness will find you.  A life lived with wisdom will be pleasurable and prosperous while the one who rejects it will find themselves on a crooked path that leads to destruction.