A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. — Proverbs 6:10-11
Sheryl and I went down to San Diego a couple of weeks ago for our granddaughter’s Kindergarten graduation. The program itself consisted mostly of songs, as the kids showed their mastery of numbers, letters, months of the year and the days of the week. They ended with the song, “God Bless America.” Just as the kids got to the line that says, “And the oceans, white with foam…”, a few Navy aircraft flew right over the little outdoor arena. I turned to my son-in-law and said, “Man, these people take Kindergarten graduation seriously!” I mean, a military flyover at a Kindergarten graduation? That’s serious!
So, let’s talk about serious. And it’s a simple question—how seriously are you going to take the Bible? Because there’s a systemic difference between saying you believe in a message (with a smile on your face and your hands folded) and responding to it (with a look of resolve on your face as you get up out of your seat to do something about it). And the consequence is as serious as the choice. Like I said in my last blog, it’s Air Travel 101—choose a gate or choose a destination, but when you pick one, you’re stuck with the other.
Poverty is defined as “the state of not having the necessary resources or qualities.” The Bible says that it is not a coincidence that people live in poverty.
When I think of poverty, the first thing that comes to mind is financial income. We hear about living above the “poverty level,” or above a standard of living that the government has deemed as “minimally enough.” But government is far less capable to help those whose marriages are impoverished, or whose family relationships are impoverished, or whose character is impoverished. So, here’s some good news—God is. He’s filled His Word with a clear and simple plan to end impoverishment in every part of our lives, while providing all of the “necessary resources and qualities” to live full lives. Jesus said that He came “that we may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
You want to end financial impoverishment? Then, follow the plan the Bible gave us, the one that God says will generate financial resources. The chances are, you already know at least a big part of that plan. The problem is, you just don’t take it seriously enough to respond to it.
Is your marriage lacking the joy you once had? Then, follow the plan the Bible gave us, the one that God says will generate a healthy marriage relationship. The chances are, you already know at least a big part of that plan. The problem is, you just don’t take it seriously enough to respond to it.
It’s seldom the lack of having a plan. It’s often the lack of following one. It’s not just believing in the plan. It’s taking it seriously.