Tuesday, April 26, 2016


"Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling;
My steps had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant,
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked...
And their body is fat...
Their eye bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart run riot."
(selections from verses 1-7)

Oh, Ezra. 
My five year old grandson was mad, had a little fit, that he didn't get more ice cream.  He said, "The bad king is the best.  Jesus is annoying."

This is just a snapshot of what we all have gone through from time to time, wanting more, 
 jealous when it seems the bad guys have all the fun,
get all the good stuff.


"Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart."
(verse 1)
"Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God."
(Matt. 5:8)

More ice cream can make the body fat.
Make our eye bulge from fatness.
So why are we jealous?

In the old days, I mean Bible old days, to be fat was a sign of wealth.  Poor people were skinny, not because they were on the Adkins diet or drank Slim Fast, but because they knew what it was to hunger, truly hunger. 

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be filled."
(Matt. 5:6)

It's all in one's perspective,
in the health of our heart,
our heart towards God.

We don't have to be envious of the arrogant,
 be jealous of the prosperity of the wicked, 
wish for the ice cream that makes them fat.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matt. 5:3)

We have a kingdom,
we can be rich in God when poor in spirit,
can receive good things from God, be blessed,
 when we are pure in heart.

The bad king is not the best.
Jesus is not annoying:
the struggle within each and every heart
is for a kingdom
whose good king wants to bless us.

That's all I can chew on today.



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