#7 Riches Disappear

10 Sep

God’s Word:  Proverbs 23:4,5

God’s Message to Me:

Riches are not nearly as important as people think.  The things that really matter cannot be bought—at any price.  Restrain yourself when it comes to amassing riches.  You may give that endeavor all your time and energy and POOF—they can be gone in an instant.

Money has a way of sprouting wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.  So don’t spend today—based on what you plan to earn tomorrow.  Don’t do it!!!  Restrain yourself!!!!  Many a person has ended up losing all they own because they spent tomorrow’s money before it was earned.  And then they were unable to earn that money.

Therefore, learn to be content with what you have.  Take time to enjoy your family and friends.  Amass riches in relationships.  Happiness cannot be purchased by a big bank account, or by using credit cards to satisfy your “wants.”  You will find that there is no end to your “wants” and as soon as one is satisfied—two pop up to replace it.

God’s Question to Me:  Will you commit to contentment rather than rally around riches?

God’s Promise to Me:   Contentment brings peace—no amount of riches can provide peace.  Look to Me—surrender your wants—and let Me help you provide for your needs.

My Song to God:        His Eye in on the Sparrow    by Cililla D. Martin  1905

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

The story behind this song:  

Early in the spring of 1905, my hus­band and I were so­journ­ing in El­mi­ra, New York. We con­tract­ed a  deep friend­ship for a cou­ple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doo­lit­tle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle had been bed­rid­den for nigh twen­ty years. Her hus­band was an in­cur­a­ble crip­ple who had to pro­pel him­self to and from his bus­i­ness in a wheel chair. De­spite their af­flict­ions, they lived hap­py Christ­ian lives, bring­ing in­spir­a­tion and com­fort to all who knew them. One day while we were vi­sit­ing with the Doo­lit­tles, my hus­band com­ment­ed on their bright hope­ful­ness and asked them for the se­cret of it. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle’s re­ply was sim­ple: “His eye is on the spar­row, and I know He watch­es me.” The beau­ty of this sim­ple ex­press­ion of bound­less faith gripped the hearts and fired the imag­in­a­tion of Dr. Mar­tin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Spar­row” was the out­come of that ex­per­i­ence.

Civilla Martin

The next day Civilla mailed the po­em to Charles Gab­ri­el, who sup­plied the mu­sic. Sing­er Ethel Wa­ters so loved this song that she used its name as the ti­tle for her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

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