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Chaos or Contentment

Psalm 128:1-4
Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.

Our American Express bill came today and it was way more than we thought it was going to be. It really bummed, and even frightened Jayme. There always seem to be these speed bumps in life - unexpected car repairs, hectic schedules, and all other kinds of interruptions from phone calls to unplanned grocery store runs. They can send our home into chaos. But it doesn't have to.

This passage can seem to be a passage of promise - the result of doing things right. What happens when you are doing right but life turns to chaos, or at least seems to disolve into it? For me this passage speaks of perspective and contentment.

When you fear the LORD and walk in his ways, it has it's greatest effect on the way you view life. You see things from his point of view. It becomes less about what you have "earned" and instead about what you have recieved. You will be happy and well because you have honored the LORD by working hard. Your wife's life (interests and relationships) will be fruitful. The home will be a place of peace and joy because the "heart" of it is content. And your children will grow and mature and develop.

This is the blessing of God - not evaluating life by achievements or possesions. Rather by fearing God and walking in His ways something of his life is released in us that helps us escape chaos and be content in all the circumstances of our lives.

Lord, help me to work hard at obedience so our life will be blessed - content and honoring to You.

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