Thursday, August 25, 2016

God Values Women Who Look After Their Children, God Wants Christian to Be Flexible, and The Money Game posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  Proverbs, Chapter 31, verses 10-12.

It goes on to say how she will help provide for her family, but I like verse 20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 
The next verses continue to list some of the qualities of the virtuous woman, but I, also like verse 26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  There are more qualities listed, and then verse 30 says: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
I especially like the last verse that I mentioned.  God wasn’t saying, “Boy are you lucky to have a wife who is a CEO of a company.” Or, “Boy are you lucky to have a wife who is so gorgeous that she looks like a model.”  God says (paraphrased) that He values women who look after their families, provide for them and are kind and giving to others.  In fact, God reminds us that beauty is only skin deep.  What really matters is a person’s relationship with God and living as an example of that.
Now, we’ve all met some attractive, shallow people but there are also beautiful women who have a great relationship with God.  There are homely, bedraggled women who are shallow and some who have a great relationship with God.  We really can’t make decisions about people based on their looks.  Fortunately, God doesn’t judge us by human standards.  He knows of our love for Jesus and sees how we lead our lives and what our priorities are.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1-8.

This passage brings back memories of a Simon and Garfunkel song, but this has a deeper meaning.  I think the song was popular for many reasons.  It made us realize that there are various stages in our lives and different reactions are appropriate, depending on the occasion.  I think this passage tells Christians to be flexible, because God will help us handle whatever comes our way.  There are going to be births and deaths, wars and peace, etc.  How we handle these sets the foundation for how other people, especially the younger generation, handle the trials, tribulations and joys in their lives.

If we get depressed, drink, take drugs, yell at others or mope around all day when we have troubles, what do you think our children are going to do when they have problems in their lives?  If we use times of joy to get involved in the excesses of life, including eating, sex, drinking, drugs, etc., what do you think our children are going to do when they have great joy?  We need to make sure we handle situations in ways that we would like our children to emulate under similar circumstances.

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 5, verse 10.

When we used to have family gatherings, my grandfather would have all the children and adults gather in the front room for the “Money Game.”  He would build everyone’s anticipation as he jingled all the coins in his pockets.  After a hush filled the room, everyone watched intently as he slowly dropped the coins onto the floor.  Young and old were trying to mentally tally the coins as they lay there, ever so briefly, before he gathered them up again.  Someone would take down everyone’s guesses and the person who guessed the exact amount got to keep the money.

I spent my time focused on the money and whether I won or not.  Instead, I should have been focused on the “wealth of family interactions” and the extra excitement my grandfather provided, creating a lifetime of memories for everyone involved.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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