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Soul Security

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.

Proverbs 11:28

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Every day we unconsciously cast votes of confidence: we trust that the chairs we sit in will hold our bodies, the ignition will turn and our cars will function, the Wi-Fi signal will connect us to the World Wide Web, we will have clean hot and cold water when we turn on the tap. Every day we trust that the infrastructure and conveniences of our lives will function for us. Because we can taste, touch, see, and hear the world around us, we trust our senses.

Often we afford the same implicit trust to our bank accounts and financial assets; the more we have, the more secure we feel. In the same way a power outage quickly reminds us how fragile the object of our confidence can be, our confidence in money to keep us secure is severely misplaced. Proverbs about money are plentiful because God knows that we are prone to put our trust in possessions rather than the Giver of good gifts.

First Lesson: Trust in God, The Giver of Good Gifts.

Proverbs 11:28 says that the righteous flourish like a green leaf. The source of this verdant growth is God alone. The Old Testament is full of examples of God’s reminders to His people to remember that provision and security come from Him.

  • Passover was instituted as a meal of remembrance of God’s rescue of the people of Israel from slavery. In a single night, the Israelites were set free and laden with riches from the Egyptians—through the movement of God (Exodus 12:35–36).
  • The book of Deuteronomy is full of remembrance passages woven into God’s directions to His people about how to live holy, flourishing lives, including this verse in Deuteronomy 8:18: “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
  • Leviticus 19:9–10 may seem strangely specific in prohibiting harvesters from harvesting every grape from their vineyard. However, the Lord wanted to remind farmers that their harvest was a gift from God, and the leftovers not only provided for the needy, but reminded the farmers to choose God’s generosity instead of greed.
  • Isaiah, as well as other major and minor prophets have a theme of remembrance. God disciplines His people for not remembering that their prosperity is from Him: “For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge; therefore, though you plant pleasant plants…yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain” (Isaiah 17:10–11).

remembering is the remedy

We don’t need to suffer the consequences of forgetting God’s provision. Instead, we can ensure that our souls flourish by practicing gratitude for everything that God has given us. Proverbs 3:9 reminds us to honor the Lord with our first fruits, and we can be creative in how we give that honor. We can give the first minutes of our day to pause and thank God for specific things He has given us the night before. We can set up a direct debit to go to our church fund or to support an organization that helps refugees, orphans, or the homeless. We can set aside a night to cook and extend hospitality in gratitude to God. The ways to honor God are as unique as we are. God’s Word is consistent in reminding us that when we abide in Him for provision, our souls find rest.

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Daily Question

Meditate on Matthew 11:28–30. Confess the ways you have found rest in things rather than God. Visualize coming to Jesus, taking His yoke, and learning from Him. Ask Him to help you to remember.

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Comments (3)

What is the spirit saying to the churches? And the Spirit says come and the bride says come. Help me Lord always be on your great commission. Help me stay deeply connected to you so the spirit will remind me of all things.

Finding rest in "things" is often me trying to escape stress. It’s me trying in my own power to find rest and get away from lifes’ challenges.
Jesus is saying, "Come close", not get away and escape.
A true yoke is something that binds us to another. Jesus wants me to be that close and in that closeness I discover that He is sharing and carrying the stress that I have been struggling to carry on my own. Jesus takes that same stress that I try so hard to escape from by finding rest in "things". Please Jesus, help me to remember all the ways you’ve been there in the past and to cast my cares onto you today.

Rest for me often leads to some type of activity such as crafts, television, reading. I need to schedule a time of rest with meditation and reflection and allowing God to rejuvenate me

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