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Are You Passing the Test?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

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Today, I have a question: Are you passing the test?

I thought of this question as I was studying in the book of Job. Job was a man of great character and wealth. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, many servants, and ten children he prayed for regularly.

One day, Satan appeared before God after he had roamed the earth. God asked Satan if he had seen his servant Job. God described Job as a blameless and upright man who turned away from evil.

However, Satan said that Job was only that way because God had blessed him and put a hedge around all of his possessions. Satan said that if God were to take it all away, Job will surely curse Him. So, the Lord told Satan that he could take all that Job possessed.

In the first chapter, Satan took Job’s property and children. The Scriptures say that one messenger came up from the south to tell Job about the loss of his property. Then, while the first messenger was still speaking, another messenger arrived, this time from the north, to tell him about the tragic loss of his children.

Job was getting tragic news from all directions and was surely being tested. The good news is that Job passed his test, and everything in his life was restored to an even better state than before.

The same can be true for you. The question is, are you passing today’s test? If you need words to inspire you, hold onto these: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, pass your test.

B Moment, treasure

Are Your Treasures and Heart Aligned?

B Moment, treasure

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what I would say if I met Warren Buffett.

I had the chance to watch the HBO documentary on Warren Buffett, which covers everything from his childhood to how he met his wife. While it does delve into the keys to his business success, it also illustrates the importance he places on his family and speaks about his philanthropic initiatives–of which there are many.

When I got to the end of the documentary though, I was a bit shocked to learn that a man who is so successful and has such a tremendous capacity for philanthropy, is also agnostic. This means that he neither affirms nor denies the existence of God.

In the moment I heard that, what I wanted to remind Mr Buffett is that there is a richness that you uncover by turning to God–a richness unlike all the material wealth you can imagine. It warms your heart more than your best investment or greatest cause ever could.

Turning to the Scriptures, I think about Solomon as the Warren Buffett of the day, if you will. The major difference between the two men though, is that Solomon was very clear about who his provider was, and Mr Buffett seems to be less clear.

So, the words that I would give him to cling to are, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, ponder whether your treasures and heart are aligned.