The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools. - Proverbs 3:25 NKJV
With the Word of God as his compass, our godly guy navigates through his day. His character isn’t perfect, of course. He loses his temper with a co-worker but quickly apologizes. And rather than sink into the dumps for his failing, he remembers this: “For a righteous man may fall seven times, and rise again . . .” (24:16). Encouraged, he moves on.
He receives his paycheck: $3,600.00. He thinks of all the bills begging for his attention, but then remembers these words: “Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (3:9-10). The first check he writes is to his church for $360.00.
He gets word that Stan in receiving has been terminated. Stan has a history of being headstrong and repeating the same mistakes. It reminds our guy of the dog he saw on his way to work: “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly” (26:11). What a pity!
His salary is more than enough to meet his family’s needs, but he has the option to work late. The extra income is tempting . . . until he remembers: “Do not overwork to be rich . . . riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven” (23:4-5). He grabs his satchel and heads home!
Later, with the kids in bed, his wife shares insecurities about her work as a homemaker. He fortifies her with Proverbs 31: “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies . . .” (31:10-31). Encouraged, she sleeps peacefully.
As followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and energizes us to live the truly abundant life!
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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