on the redistribution of Solomon’s wealth…

This is a theory.
This is simply a theory
of this soul journeying
through life…
feel free to take it or leave it.

That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
 Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

I am convinced that all the wealth I possess
is the same wealth that Solomon possessed
millenniums ago.
It is neither new
nor mine.

God said to Solomon, “Because you had this in mind, and did not ask for riches,
wealth or honor, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life,
but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people
over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you.
And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings
who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you.”
2 Chronicles 1:11-12

For years I bought the lie…
that lie the enemy has sold
to so many
the Great Christian American’s Dream…

that lie that says
“If I give my 10%, He will bless
me with abundantly more money.”

the lie continues…
“If I have wealth, I am blessed
and if I don’t…
there must be something wrong with me.
I must not be in close fellowship
with Him because if I were
I would be blessed financially.”

if that were not enough,
the lie has a postscript…
“What He blesses me with
is MINE!”

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights, 
with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
James 1:16-17

This is where this random theory
meets the journey of life.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal. 
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;  
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21

What if, instead of waiting
to be blessed and living
as if every blessing was mine alone,
I embraced a life of giving
and giving and giving again
because all of this wealth was here
before and will be here when I’m gone
since none of it belongs to me?

What if?

I can only imagine
I would live the best life possible
and leave nothing behind.

~*~

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It’s Multitudes on Monday again. I’m counting the gifts of grace that have come this week in an effort to live the best life possible and to stop and thank Him for these great gifts that He alone bestows. Care to join us over at Ann’s corner of the web?

For these I am grateful…

… for a weekend with family
… and cousin giggles
… for late nights
… early mornings
… and pancakes

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… for snow to build igloos
… and refrigerated tracks to race toboggans
… for thin ice
… and wet boots
… and the deep laughter of boys who will be boys

… for a quick shopping trip
… and the conversations in the truck
… for help putting my idea into practice
… and two cousins goofing around

…for modern technology
… and facetime from Michigan to the Dominican Republic
… for the sweet faces of nieces on a computer screen
… and the chance for cousins to connect

… for a brother in law who includes my kids in the games and fun
… for snow clothes keeping everyone warm
… and a dryer to dry them for the next time

… for my man who claims my family as his own
… and the ways he loves my family

… for rest
… and relaxation
… and the good laughter does to my soul

… for this soul’s journey of faith
… and knowing I’m not alone
… for the encouragement from my sister and my mom
… and the wisdom they impart

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2 thoughts on “on the redistribution of Solomon’s wealth…

  1. This post is profound and beautiful. It is a new facet of stewardship that I will turn over and over in my mind.
    I remember several years ago as I contemplated the reality of living on an income considerably less than I had grown accustomed to, I picked up a tomato in the grocery store. I have handled a lot of tomatoes, but this one spoke to me. It said, “I am God’s gift to you. God’s provision for your needs. You can count on God. Don’t worry, whether you need tomatoes or medicine, God knows, and God provides.” I experienced an upwelling of gratitude for that tomato, and I kept seeing God’s gifts all around me in that store. I simply could not stop singing in my heart, and I discovered I was humming at some point.
    Anyway, that recognition has reshaped my whole view of provision and tithing and living. I have used the phrase “grateful stewardship” to describe it. If I am really, truly grateful to God for all that he gives to me, how can I begrudge him anything?It isn’t mine, it isn’t tied to me or this day or this place, as you point out in your post. This wealth of God’s provision is continually being passed around to those who need it. The gifts I receive are not mine to keep; they are mine to use as God guides and teaches me how to use them.
    You write with such grace. I so appreciate your work. You are a blessing.
    Thank you.

    1. Katherine, your comment is beautiful! I feel so often that your comments finish my thoughts and this one is no exception. Thank you!

      I love the illustration of the tomato! I agree. If I truly live my life in gratitude that I cannot begrudge God or my neighbor anything. I love the term “grateful stewardship” and I think I may adopt that term too!

      Thank you, my friend, for your words of encouragement!!

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