Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Fists Full of Favor

February 4

 "Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour."  Proverbs 3:16








"Enduring ... success is not found in the eye of the beholder, but in the Hand of the BEQUETHOR;" 



If polled, most folks would cite health, wealth, & fame, as high among their aspirations.  Even a passive observation reveals that men in general are wrangling for one of these three ... the best and brightest perhaps hoping for two out of the three.  There is certainly a distinction to be made between "length of days" and long days, but how many die young in the world's rat-race for wealth.  "A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent."  How many others are there who corrupt the sacred honor of the Christian life for the fleeting fame of man?  "Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men.  Verily I say unto you, they have their reward." 

While most guests come and tax us during their stay; it is not so with wisdom, she shows up bearing gifts.  The catch with wisdom though, is that she is easy to invite, but hard to get in the door.  Having her as a houseguest requires much prep work, diligence, and daily affection (c.f. Proverbs 2:1-10).  She must be courted in a manner worthy of who she is.  Sadly however, in our day, the church brims with lazy saints who are content to settle for the door prizes of the Devil rather than seek after GOD, HIS wisdom, and the precious offerings which accompany.  "THOU wilt shew me the path of life: in THY presence is fulness of joy; at THY right hand there are pleasures for evermore."  Enduring riches and success is not found in the eye of the beholder, but in the Hand of the BEQUETHOR; and only the hand which will empty itself completely, is open wide enough to grasp all that GOD wishes to give.

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." 

For Love of Country
John Adams
(Continental Congress; July 1, 1776)
"Before GOD, I believe the hour has come.  My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it.  All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it.  And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration.  It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of GOD it shall be my dying sentiment.  Independence now, and Independence for ever!"

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