Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 11th – Proverbs 11: How to THRIVE

“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” – Proverbs 11:28

Trusting in wealth or riches is a classic blunder of foolish people. Having money in the bank, some savings or investments is wonderful, trust me, it beats the alternative. I have had NO money and I have had SOME money, trust me, SOME money is better! (We’re working on having LOTS of money!) Yet our trust or sense of security should never come from the acquisition of wealth or material possessions (even gold, you Glenn Beck freaks!). Our trust and hope can ONLY be truly found in the Lord.

Governments shake and the nations and cities of this world are in turmoil. Financial markets crash and even real estate markets crash! One of the biggest “gods” of our culture is housing and real estate. It’s been touted as the ultimate wealth building tool of progressive American culture. SO much so that many folks were tricked into taking high risk “sucker” loans from predatory lenders to achieve the American dream. What a nightmare that turned out to be! I do think that real estate is a generally good investment, but rights now it’s down so much people are losing their shirt right and left! Real estate, once thought to be the “unshakable” investment vehicle for Americans is shaken to the core.

For example: in 2000, my wife and I bought a cute 3 bed, 2.5 bath house in Woodstock for $124,000. We struggled making the payments and after 6 years happily unloaded the home to move into something smaller and more manageable for our income. We were able to sell the house for $165,000 and pay off some bad business debt in the process. I just looked online and some of the homes next door to our house are selling for $109,000! Thank God that our trust and security was not in something as shakable as a real estate market! This is the classic blunder of the foolish, to put their trust and security into a vehicle that shakes.

But the righteous do it differently.

This proverb says that the righteous will THRIVE like a green leaf. It’s interesting to note that a leaf is simply part of a much greater tree. The trees roots sink deep into the earth, protecting it against the weather and seeking out nutrients in the soil and moisture from the ground water. The trunk is the support for the tree and the branches proceed from the trunk. The little leaf just hangs there, COMPLETELY supported by the rest of the tree. For the righteous, the secret to prosperity and security is found in this picture. God is our source and our security. Our only job is to hang out and look pretty while He (the tree) does the heavy lifting.


The secret to thriving is in what you are connected to, not what you possess.

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