Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Can Be Rich

One Year Bible
Old Testament passage for Wednesday, August 28, 2013:  Job 28:1-30:31

“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined.  Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.  Man puts an end to darkness, and searches every recess
for ore in the darkness and the shadow of death
.  Job 28:1-2 (NKJV)

Value.  Worth.  Wealth.  Investment.  Resources.  These are all words we live with.  Whether it means finding the best bargain or saving for retirement – paying the bills or digging out of debt – increasing your comfort or avoiding more pain – we all face the reality of resources.

Job placed this pursuit in a wider context.  Life itself is a matter of VALUE and INVESTMENT.  It is not just hard work and survival.  If life were like a vast mountain range, Job would say there is silver and gold to be mined and refined

God gives us only one life to live here on this earth.  In these few years, we make daily investment decisions.  Will I give myself to that which really matters, or instead waste myself on temporary distractions? 

I honestly believe that GREATNESS resides in the heart of every man or woman.  GREATNESS!!  We were not born for mediocrity.  As the one creation that bears the image of God, we were born for royalty. 

Most people live far below the level God intends.  Ours should be a life of richness and significance.  Instead, most live with an aching sense of lack and unfulfillment.  We yearn for the NOT YET while enduring the HERE AND NOW.

Job speaks to us, “Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined.”  Where is that place for you?  What steps is God leading you to take that will unlock the value that lies in your own soul? 

It can be hard work.  But it is worth it.  Job says it is like pushing back darkness.  It is like finding hidden treasures.  Out of the greatest darkness, can come the greatest light!  Out of the desperate search can come the fantastic discovery!

God calls you and me to seek VALUE.  It is summarized in the Book of Revelation 3:17-18 which is a reality check for us.  Jesus says that we THINK we are rich, but really are “wretched, miserable, blind, and naked” (Wow!).  Then He goes on to say, I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich.” 

It is a matter of investment.  May you invest your life today in that which really matters.  You can be rich.

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