My guest today and tomorrow happens to be one of my nephews, Chris Lisk. He works in the oil fields in Pleasanton, TX. He works hard with his hands and he loves the Lord with his whole heart. He is 26 years old and has been married to his beautiful bride, Jess, for a little over year. He was saved a little boy and attended church with his family but as he got older he attended a Bible Study called Wholly His where he studied the Word on a deeper more personal level and truly fell in love with Jesus.
How does one live a successful and prosperous life? I tried to find the words that most people aspire to achieve. Man always seems to find himself looking in the wrong places. Such as the young girl thinking someday her knight in shining armor will come and take her away to a trouble free life. Only to find out that with marriage comes a new set of struggles and responsibilities. Or the young man who is hoping for that scholarship, job or contract that will solve all of his problems so he can live his life in luxury. Only to find that “he who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NKJV).
While I was young I heard that Solomon asked for the greatest thing of God, he asked for wisdom. So I did the same, it seemed pretty obvious that God was pointing out what we should ask for. Add to that the verse “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 NKJV) It seems pretty foolish NOT to ask God for it. So I sought wisdom and how to find out the secrets to a long happy life. I studied worldly and Godly men equally and unbiased, then studying the top contenders in both categories. When studying a rich man I found that their riches never fulfilled them. They suffered many trials and could look only to themselves to overcome them. If they looked to others there was always a catch. They would only help if help was returned such as through interest or another form of payment. We learn from business that a partnership has the highest fail rate, usually a strife stirring between them.
What does that say of man when you know partnerships are usually formed between most trusted friends or family members? At the end of many a rich man’s life they wished they would’ve spent more time with their family and less time seeking riches. What greater folly is it then to seek after riches when the rich man himself at the end of his time regrets his life?
Then I studied Godly men, first reading about the ones in the Bible. Something I noticed is that whatever trial came against them God made a way for them not only to overcome it but to be better off than they began! Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongly accused of sleeping with another man’s wife, spent years in prison, but kept his faith in God all the while. God lifted him to second in command only to the pharaoh and reunited his family and started a work to deliver God’s people out of Egypt. What an honor! Job, Jonah, Daniel, David, Solomon, Samson, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, the disciples, Steven, and Paul – just to name a few – went through crazy difficult trials and tribulations yet all of them kept the faith in God and by God’s power many miracles happened. And more importantly, in their trials God was their strength! There was nothing He couldn’t do or overcome! He made fire fall from the sky to prove He was the living God with Elijah. He made the Red Sea part so his people could cross safely to the other side.
I could tell countless stories from the Bible of where God went out of His way to show us that He loves us, cares for us, and desires to dwell with us and in us. So to me the choice is obvious, I live to love and worship and serve my God, with all of my heart, soul, and strength. I wish that you all could experience my God as I have. To constantly be filled with love, joy, and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
In tomorrow’s post we will look much closer at our personal choices and whether we choose with our heart or not.
Part 2 Tomorrow