When I sat down to commit this week’s devotion to the blog, I truly had no direction in which I was headed. In fact I was not sure anything would come to mind. This week has been a roller-coaster of emotions for me personally. My daughter was baptized and I was just feeling the Holy Spirit moving in us both. Then my daughter’s tween attitude started and we have been having a battle of the wills all week long. That killed my spirit and slowed down my walk.
I am reading a book titled The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. This book could not have been timelier. I am in chapter three and it referred me to Psalm 112:7. I often like to read an entire Bible chapter so I might understand the full context of its meaning. That’s when a light bulb went on for me. This Chapter explains exactly what True Riches and True Poverty is “spiritually“.
I chose to look at the first verse from Psalm 112″Praise the LORD. [b] Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.”
If you have read The Old Testament you know that the Lords wrath can change the entire existence of life. For example we all know the story of Noah’s Ark and the great flood. The Lord was so upset by the human races sins that He unleashed His wrath upon them. In Genesis 6:5-6 It says ” 5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” God was ready to wipe out the entire human race but Noah was upright and walked with God. He was blessed and found Gods favor. It was not in tangible items, it was in leaning on the Lord. Granted this event took place before the commandments were written in stone. But Noah’s family line came from Adam and Eve, so it is reasonable to believe that Noah was well aware of what was right and wrong.
Now why is it reasonable for me to believe that Noah was following God? First we are told that he (Noah) survived the flood. Second, Genesis 6:22 says “22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Not just some of the things he commanded, but ALL of the things He commanded. I do not believe that this was an overnight change of heart. We as humans have difficulty with change and usually need time to embrace it. I cannot imagine (though my whole heart wants to) the amount of faith it took to listen and do ALL that was commanded. To stop and build an ark and gather animals; Noah’s friends must have thought He had gone mad.
The Bible does not share what Noah’s inner most thoughts were; however I think as humans we know there can be an internal struggle. I personally have had times where I had difficulty being in obedience because God commanded me to do so. Here is the bottom line, what I am driving at with this first verse. We are to fear God (Respect) and follow His commands (Obedience), with that we are truly blessed and rich in spirit. Matthew 16:19 sums it up best “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Bible verses found @ http://biblegateway.com NIV Translation