Day 98 – April 8, 2021
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 19-20, Proverbs 8, Psalm 128
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Psalm 128:1-2
As we continue through the wisdom of Proverbs, the wisdom of Moses, and the wisdom of the Psalms, we are wise to listen to the summary of the Psalm. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord.”
When we talk about those who are “blessed,” we often consider it in regard to the material matters of life. But these blessings of adhering to the Lord’s Law, fearing Him, and living under His counsel, results in a different kind of prosperity than the “American Dream.”
The Bible teaches that you will “eat the fruit of your labor.” Proverbs teaches us that we can’t take the material things of the world with us, but you can take the wisdom and love of God. Best of all, you can take this peace with you wherever you go. You can take the comfort of knowing the presence of God is there for you. You can know, that even when the world threatens you, you’re standing on the Promises of God’s love and faithfulness and goodness. You can take the difficulty of life because you know you are standing on the wisdom of God.
When we fear God, the fear of the world wanes.
When we fear the world, our love for God and trust in him wanes.
The wisdom calls us forward, revere God, trust in Him, and the prosperity will grow. This prosperity is a peace that money can’t buy, a comfort that the things of this world can’t offer and a hope than no one else can. It leads us eventually to Jesus Christ. God's blessing for the world, eternal life in Him.
Be blessed, Revere the Lord,
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.