8.16.2011

RANDOM THOUGHTS: on being rich

My bible reading for today is Luke chapter 1.

I have been completely marveled on how John the Baptist was given that name. It is the will of God for him to bear the name John. I am quite elated for I married a man named John too- he is also a man of God!

There is really nothing compared to an act with a divine intervention. When someone on search for God's will, he might just want to look for signs- a divine intervention so to speak. But as I listen to Ptr. Ed Lapiz' "Day by Day" program, as we were aboard a cab yesterday, I learned how God's will can only be understood by a RIGHTEOUS MAN. Meaning, a prayer of a righteous man is always answered because he asks for something that God wants him to have. Not asking for anything more but that of which is sufficient for his needs. He is deeply rooted with his Word, meditating IT day and night and has never departed from it's teachings. With that we know he is getting the answers straight from above. The answer maybe YES, WAIT or simply NO! The response is completely God's will and  a righteous man KNOWS THAT.

And just as I am completely blessed on how God's will manifested by the simple act of naming a boy - JOHN. I am also moved by these verses from the same chapter that I've read:
"He has worked power with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart. He has put down rulers from their seats and exalted the lowly, He has filled the hungry with good things, and He has sent away the rich empty." (Luke 1:51-54)
God is indeed powerful. The complete irony of the rich being empty is a perfect illustration of how a living God could work in someone's life. We may, at some points or as always, wanted to be rich. We are hungry for wealth, hungry for power and hungry for self recognition - being mere humans we have such weaknesses. And with such weaknesses, God is made even powerful.

People go places to search for money, they want to feed their family or they want to have a better life. But in the end they are forgetting their purpose of doing that. They indulge in the presence of wealth and leave themselves empty with nothing but a piece of silver coin. When they age, or would just need to retire and go back home, they are left with no one but themselves and a broken family. They look at the past and the richness they once had and they feel  the EMPTINESS.

People do all sort of things to earn a living. Keep themselves busy with this world and never had time with God and their family. Some end up successful, got rich, aimed for more for they still feel the emptiness.

It is lonely there on top. There is no other way but to go down.

Contentment is a VIRTUE. It is always of complete bliss when you've got some inner peace with the things that you have. Earning something that's sufficient for the family, enjoying life without spending much, sleeping without much worry for the next day and living in full accordance to God's will is more than enough. As I am always reminded of my husband's favorite verse saying "GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN"...and I say now AMEN.





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20 comments:

  1. I know I'm guilty of not giving God enough time. I've always been running after money but I've got to change...

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  2. oh my gosh me too, sometimes I become occupied not to pay my thanks

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  3. Amen to that! It is important that we live in accordance with God's plan and after doing all we can in righteous pursuits, be contented for what we have at the moment. That's timeless - and so this blog entry!

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  4. We should always be thankul to Him.

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  5. you can't take it with you ;) Live simply, stay happy.

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  6. enjoying life without spending much i believe that!! have to be content and enjoy what you have now.. xx

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  7. It does take great faith to trust God to answer our prayers, even when the answer is no. More often than not, we think our prayers have not been answered, but we are not spiritually sensitive that God simply want us to wait or that God has said no because he has better plans for us. I guess it takes righteousness to achieve that degree of spiritual sensitivity.

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  8. "GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN"- Amen to that :) I'd rather live a simple and happy life than feel empty and incomplete :)

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  9. Being rich isn't that bad as long as you help others that comes from your heart. ^_^

    And I agree that we should give thanks to Him for all the blessings (visible or not) that He gives us. ^_^

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  10. you don't have to be rich to be happy, to serve God, to get what you want.live simply and with faith in God and He will provides everything that we needed.

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  11. Some great thoughts here. I agree with what others have said - you don't have to be rich to be happy. Happiness is from within and that's the best.

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  12. Contentment with what you have is really important IMHO, and this is quite an enlightening post. So thanks!

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  13. Contentment is important, but going beyond oneself is also another.
    Keeping one's feet grounded in the ground is also crucial.

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  14. i never envy those who have too much. the way i see it, much is expected from those who are blessed with material things and i'm one who hates expectations and pressures. i'm quite content with what i have...my family is all that matters and as long as my children eat three times a day, go to a good enough school, and experience occasional luxuries, what more can we ask for?11

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  15. AMEN! we should always be thankful.

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  16. So true. People don't know how to be contented. They always want more.

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  17. just having enough and be contented... much more peaceful life. something money can't buy... Yahweh bless.

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  18. I think wealth should be used to serve others and not just for our own selves. In that way, we gain contentment from using our wealth properly :)

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  19. You got me evaluating myself because of this post. Thanks. I needed that! :)

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