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Close your eyes and breathe deeply.

The Psalmist says to “Enjoy the LORD, and he will give what your heart asks” (Psalm 37:4).

What does your heart ask today? What is your desire?

Hold that thought as we explore this week’s theme of wisdom and wealth.

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Listen

Who could possibly compare to the Lord our God? God rules from on high; he has to come down to even see heaven and earth! God lifts up the poor from the dirt and raises up the needy from the garbage pile to seat them with leaders— with the leaders of his own people!

Psalm 113:5-8

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Think

In “Who Am I,” a popular Christian song by Casting Crowns (2003), one verse says:

“I am a flower quickly fading / Here today and gone tomorrow / A wave tossed in the ocean / A vapor in the wind / Still you hear me when I'm calling / Lord, you catch me when I'm falling / And you've told me who I am / I am yours”

Today’s psalm verses share just who you belong to — the Lord our God who sees us from on high, yet regards all of us, even the poor and needy, like the leaders of God's own people. Being caught when we’ve fallen and seated with the leaders is like being told: “You are mine. I’ve got you.”

You know, this one fact exceeds all the wisdom and wealth of this world. Knowing God’s got this and cares for each of us is something all Christians can lean in to. With whom could you share this special wisdom and wealth today? It’s not something to keep to yourself.

Bill Ogletree

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Pray

God Almighty, thank you for loving and caring about me. Thank you for the assurance of knowing you’ve always got my back. God, give me the courage to share your love and caring with others. Amen.

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Go

What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine.

James 3:17

Leave this time sharing God’s wisdom today.

Bill Ogletree

Billy T. Ogletree is a professor at Western Carolina University. He is forever grateful for the love of his wife and two adult children and appreciates little more than living in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Dr. Ogletree is the author of the 2018 book Mean Christianity: Finding Our Way Back to Christ’s Likeness available through Wipf and Stock, Amazon, Kindle, and Audible.

Rêverie, L. 68

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