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Better Is A Little 102611

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Psalm 119:41-48

Proverbs 16:1-20

Matthew 19:16-22

 

Better Is A Little 102611

Proverbs 16:1-20 is crowded with wisdom, and one could spend a month discussing, praying and thinking about it. What struck me this morning is Verse 8:

8Better is a little with righteousness
than large income with injustice.

 In the present economic ‘crisis’, we might realize that what is ‘crisis’ for most English speaking people, is still over-abundance for most of the rest of the world. Sure, times are very hard, but most Americans have food to eat, and most have a roof. We should be constantly praying and working to feed, clothe and shelter those at home and around the world that do not, and to see that all humans have access to medical care.

In these times it is better, Proverbs might say, to be poor and not to be wealthy; to break bread with the poor rather than eat cake with the rich. Remembering that our real wealth is always in the word and love of Jesus for us, rather than in worldly (Satanic?) wealth.

Pray with us today for the poor, and that we, as God’s kingdom-people, reach those in need with what they need, and that we maintain our little, righteous, income.

Pray for the peace that comes when we care for the poor, the widowed, the orphans.

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 119:41-48

 

41Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise.

42Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your word.

43Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your ordinances.

44I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.

45I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought your precepts.

46I will also speak of your decrees before kings, and shall not be put to shame;

47I find my delight in your commandments, because I love them.

48I revere your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

Proverbs 16:1-20

16The plans of the mind belong to mortals,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2All one’s ways may be pure in one’s own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
3Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
4The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
5All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the Lord;
be assured, they will not go unpunished.
6By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil.
7When the ways of people please the Lord,
he causes even their enemies to be at peace with them.
8Better is a little with righteousness
than large income with injustice.
9The human mind plans the way,
but the Lord directs the steps.
10Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
11Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
13Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves those who speak what is right.
14A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
and whoever is wise will appease it.
15In the light of a king’s face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
16How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their way preserve their lives.
18Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper,
and happy are those who trust in the Lord.

Matthew 19:16-22

16Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” 21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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