We continue our reading program in the Psalms. This week's reading is Psalm 90-92. Read and take note of how God is with His people! You can download the entire Reading Schedule here.
"God is good, and so are His people" by Seth Mauldin
(Our article today is from Josh's cousin, whose family we have been praying for in the loss of their 3 year-old son, Owen. -SP)
“God is good, and so are His people.” So goes an oft repeated saying of a good friend of mine. He first came into my acquaintance around six years ago, and to be perfectly honest, the younger version of me thought that my friend sounded more than a little hokey whenever he said it. That was then—time and experience have taught me to appreciate the great truth behind these words, and now I find myself saying them just as often as my friend.
Over the past three years it has often occurred to me that many of the great promises that we have in Christ will not find their ultimate fulfillment in this life. There is great comfort to be found in these for sure, but there isn’t a lengthy list of tangible promises for the here and now. Something that Jesus has promised us we can immediately reach out and take hold of is an amazing extended family of brothers, parents, and children in Christ (Luke 18:29-30). In our own personal experiences, the time God gave us with our son Owen helped to reveal to us the length, width, and breadth of this treasure.
Christians around the world have held us up in prayer, held our hands with encouraging words, and have sought to ease any physical burdens that we might have encountered along the way. Our faith has been built up as God’s love has been made manifest through the good works of our brothers and sisters in Christ. For this great kindness we cannot express the depth of our gratitude. In response to the love our family has been shown I can only say, “God is good, and so are His people.”
Regrets of the Rich by Steve Patton
A recent survey conducted by banking giant Wells Fargo has shed new light on what's on the minds of the wealthiest investors, including insight into their biggest money regrets. But among their regrets about not making even smarter investment decisions, many of them said they regretted not “stopping and smelling the roses” more along the way. One said although long hours and hard work can lead to financial success, taking time to recoup and rejuvenate can lead to a healthier and happier life. He felt he should have spent less on investments and material things and more on experiential things, such as family vacations. He found those things really had given him more lasting enjoyment.
While one can obsess on recreation just as they can on money, it is nonetheless an interesting insight from a wealthy man. Time spent with family and away from work meant more than making all that money.
The Psalmist said, “If riches increase, set not your heart on them” (62:10). Solomon said, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” (Eccl. 5:10). And finally the wise man said in Proverbs, “Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven” (Prov. 23:4,5).
Be wise enough to enjoy the things that matter in life: family, friends, good health, and the blessing of serving God and one another. There are no greater blessings from God. Keep material things in perspective and seek true contentment in Him. Love God, your family and your fellow man. God will take care of the material blessings if you keep all other things in perspective. Read Matt. 6:24-34 often and your life will be better and more meaningful.