7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
The Scriptures were meant to be tied together not read as random thoughts of application. In verse 7 we are admonished to not seek the wisdom of our own line of sight. That which we see often looks right to us. Remember the passage that talks about us doing what is right in our own eyes? Just because we see something and see it clearly does not mean that it is the right way to go or the right thing to do. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Another place we are told that in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. That would be looking at life’s situations through the eyes of many others to gain a better perspective on what we see.
Then in verse 9 the author seems to change topics and talk about money and possessions. Perhaps the author is still on the same topic. For when it comes to money, we must not only look through our own eyes. Those who only spend their money and possessions on themselves are not looking through the eyes of others. When we look through others eyes we will care for them first and honor the Lord with our money by caring for others before we care for ourselves.
Through human eyes, giving stuff away is not smart. But through the eyes of wisdom God prospers those who honor Him first. We do have a continual line of sight here. Look through the eyes of others, not just your own, fear the Lord and depart from the evils of selfish looks. The result is that you will honor God by giving to others in need and God, in turn, will prosper you.
You will not hear this advice from your financial planner so you need to look through another set of eyes.
We had our first family outing Sunday evening through Tuesday. As Caleb and Lindsey are with us, and as it was Caleb’s 29th birthday on the 29th, we found an Airb&b in north Jakarta near a section of the city called Ancol. From the Ancol marina we took off Monday morning for a day trip to an island 90 minutes, by boat, away. At the island we hiked, swam, and enjoyed a place called Starfish Beach where there seemed to be a hatchery of starfish. We ate some really good local noodles and beef in a bowl and then came back to Ancol where we found a really reasonable Indonesian restaurant with amazing food. This was our birthday present to Caleb, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Because of the exchange rate here, the whole outing cost about the same as a trip to Chicago, some sightseeing and a dinner.
Do pray for my dad and mom. Dad went to the hospital on Monday with an infection that left him weak. They are still identifying the infection. Mom is having trouble in her mind with dad being in the hospital. We spent time together talking about God’s peace and God’s care and waiting on him. Pray for both of them to know God’s presence and peace and strength. On Facetime last night mom asked Jared to pray for grandpa. Immediately, Jared closed his eyes tightly ready to pray. It was a precious moment and a sincere prayer.
The church gave us a wonderful reception on Sunday. Thank you JIBC for your amazing care and sacrifice for us. Bobbi and Jared and I all know your love and support of our being here. Every so often I have to pinch myself to make sure this is all real. We are rejoicing in God’s goodness and kindness.
Have a great day in the Lord,