Proverbs 30:7-9 – Two things I ask of you O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Once we begin to pursue things that exceed our needs, we begin to get ourselves into trouble. Too much, leads to greed. Too little leads to irresponsibility.
My Advice – Be careful of setting too much of your heart on success and wealth, lest you become greedy, envious or feeling self-sufficient. These things can easily become the object of your affection rather than God.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Anger is not always bad. Losing control, allowing it to lead us into sin is bad.
My Advice – Make sure you control your anger, rather than letting it control you. Ask yourself if the issue is worth getting angry about. Sometimes it will be. But even then, there is a proper way to display it that allows you to show your displeasure without losing control. You are also more likely to make your point in this manner.
Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We need to be alert to actions and thoughts that are contrary to our hearts. No matter how insignificant that they may seem. Because eventually they will pollute our hearts. Changes in the heart will almost always affect what you think, how you act and who you are (wellspring of life). It may be a slow process (like erosion) but changes in the heart are harder to correct.
My Advice – Do not kid yourself by thinking that you can brush up against sin and not become entangled. You cannot simply just have a bite, because one bite calls for another. Avoid situations that you know are wrong but are tempted by. Stay away, turn around, flee from them.
Job 1:21 – “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (NIV 1984)
My Musing – In reality, you can take it with you. Not the possessions you might accumulate in this life of course. You might actually die with these things possessing you instead of you possessing them. Whichever is the case, you must relinquish them as you pass into eternity – whatever your final destination. But there are some things that you can take with you.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter 1:3-7)
What He has given us is not measured by the abundance of our possession or the wealth that we may happen to accumulate over a lifetime. These may not even last our lifetime, and we certainly cannot take them with us. But the above qualities can be ours, and we will take them with us into eternity. How much the measure increases (1 Peter 3:8) in this lifetime, and how much we carry into the next life, is entirely up to us. You see, “it’s not how much you [possess] but what you do with what you have [been given].” So how full have you packed your suitcase?