138- Adopting God’s Values
January 3, 1985
Yesterday morning, I sleepily read Psalm 1, and then as I thought about it on my walk I decided that my goal for 1985 will be chewing on Your word.
Psalm 1: 2-3 But His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night; and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.
That’s interesting: Your idea of PROSPERING is through focusing on the Bible as my treasure, while the world’s way of PROSPERING is acquiring CASH!
During the boys’ nap time I did my weekly Bible study in James, and the subject was riches and wealth! You are impressing me with Your values and helping me get mine in line with Yours. Help me to hear what You are trying to tell me!
Lord you are really convicting me soundly of a superficial lifting up of wealthy people. Today I see clearly that I have been prejudiced towards the goods and status of the affluent in our church. I repented of showing favoritism to them.
In the study there were many scriptures for me to look up about “God’s favor toward the poor.” I found it in my heart to be very willing before the Lord to live in the Glenn Duncan area [where I taught school many years ago]. I am praying about that being the area of town we move to. After we moved here, we quickly realized that the $600 a month rent that we pay here on Grandview Avenue is too much so we have looked at the Shultz’s house in Sparks and want to look at Prosser’s and Plouman’s rentals in the Glenn Duncan area. If we move there it means I would be ministering to some of my previous students.
Also regarding riches:
I realized through my conversation with Jackie this morning that I cannot keep up with her and Susie. They have more available cash than I do–and they want to start making Christmas gifts already! My time and assets do not allow me to join them. I felt very competitive during the conversation—trying desperately to prove that I’m okay and to get some positive attention for myself because I cannot compete with them on other levels (cookie baking, gift making, gift giving). I would like our relationship to continue in spite of this.
You are wonderful, God. Keep speaking to me about our faith walk, our attitudes about money, about making hard decisions in order to stay in sync with what we believe. I want to be in Your favor and Your will.
I have become very interested in trusting Your supplying most of our goods. Since we have a little money in the bank, we have bought some things (still not much) rather than praying, believing, and waiting. A faith walk is so much more rewarding a life style, though a bit more stressful than just writing a check. I take to heart: the just shall live by faith but if anyone draws back My soul has no pleasure in him and without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 10:38, Romans 1:17