The days are getting hotter, finally, but I sure could use some nice autumn temps….
We go to our park this morning, as the weather was expected to be ugly. It didn’t disappoint. This afternoon is beautiful, still windy though. We had our morning reading, and if you aren’t careful, you might get the picture that God doesn’t like rich folk,
What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so.
When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone’s house, you take it by fraud and violence. You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family’s inheritance.
But this is what the LORD says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose. You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time.”
In that day your enemies will make fun of you by singing this song of despair about you: “We are finished, completely ruined! God has confiscated our land, taking it from us. He has given our fields to those who betrayed us. ” (Micah 2:1-4 NLT)
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you. (James 5:1-6 NLT)
In explaining this to my children, I told them how we are to live in a nice socialist society, free of above-average earning income, despising and eventually taking the man down if he or she gets above anyone else. Everyone was to be treated equal, and if one shows promise in some area, then he is to be muted. Everything is be provided by the State, which is the great equalizer.
No, I told them instead that wealth is fine, but what counts is first how you get it and then what you do with it. We spoke about the difficulty for a wealthy man to rely upon God if his bank account is full, but that if you are wealthy, use it for something good. What say you?
A lot of things going in the world at the moment, ain’t it? Israel’s actions…the Gulf Oil Spill…the person down the street who needs help. Don’t forget the poor and needy today. And don’t forget – if you can give Michael a bit, please do so.
I have four, yes, four written reviews ready to be posted tomorrow. I have ‘finished’ with my side project from the Psalms of Solomon, and will be posting a few more snippets. I am real interested in this ‘ideal pre-existence’ theory, but at the moment, I am busy with other things, such as finishing three more books.
I also start class, my final undergrad class, next week. It is 50% online, which translates as ‘all the tests are online, and the class is only scored on the tests, so show up at your leisure.’ I have applied for graduation as well. By Tuesday, I think, I will have submitted my official application for the University of St. Andrews. I have already submitted my FAFSA request, but I will not know anything until July on that. I figure I’ll hear about both requests at the same time. So, we’ll see what the future holds. For those of you who pray, throw some this way.
Have a great week and don’t forget the Monthly Giveaways,