Am I rich or poor?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Deuteronomy 32:28-52; Proverbs 13:7-8

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Proverbs 13:8 (ESV)
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.

REFLECT
The book of Proverbs has many sayings on the poor and the rich. Not surprising, as this is a reality in the world. In His wisdom, God has allowed for both rich and poor, strong and weak, big and small – to coexist. Yet the paradox is that the rich is not always better off, nor are the strong and big. While no one would want to fall under the category of “poor”, the Gospel is pretty clear that the poor are “blessed”, because theirs is the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20)

RELATE
It is true that the rich has much more to lose than the poor. That’s why the rich worry, and the poor live carefree lives. That’s why we don’t hear of a poor man’s child being kidnapped. Now, just in case we are thinking that we are poor – think again. Do we have a bank account? Do we have three meals a day? Do we have a permanent roof over our head? Can we afford a family holiday? Do we go to bed each night knowing that the next day we will still have a job that provides for all of the above? Then we are rich, compared with the majority in this world. Today, may we give thanks for what we have, and not what we don’t.

REST
Lord, help me to desire heavenly treasures above worldly wealth, deep relationships above temporal pleasures, and a holy character more than a beautiful appearance.

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Walking in the Supernatural

supernatural - no ordinary lifeWalking in the Supernatural: It is vital that we walk in the supernatural every day! While we live in the natural, the supernatural God walks with us and talks with us. He wants to lead us into situations where through us, He can act to change a situation or transform a life, including our lives! First, be AWARE that He is with you. Second, be in constant conversation with Him – a very important part of this is to LISTEN to what He is saying to you. Third, ACT boldly on what He tells you even though it may feel awkward (as long as it does not lead to sin, injury and anything that opposes the written Word of God). Whether it is blessing a colleague, a friend or a stranger with something – a gift, an act of love or a word, don’t hesitate, DO IT and you will see the supernatural God in action through you! Jesus said in Jn.10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Have a great day!