Tag Archive: Life


The Bible has a lot to say about money. From the warning that money is the root of all kinds of evil to admonishing people not to take bribes, the Bible’s got it covered. We know that money can buy lots of things and for those who have it in the greatest abundance, there’s almost nothing that they can’t buy. Forbes magazine reported in January of 2021 that the number of Billionaires in the world reached an unprecedented number of 2,755. That’s 660 more from 2020 with 493 new billionaires! (Forbes) In a time when so many people have lost their lives, family members, jobs, houses, etc. one might wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”

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“’When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate.'”

Ezekiel 46:9 (NIV)

Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself. Today, when I read this verse in Ezekiel, I wondered why the people had to go in through one gate and leave by a different gate. Did it have to do with being double-minded? Perhaps it was about keeping one’s eye’s fixed on the Lord? I remember something about “straight paths for your feet…” I did what I usually do and asked the Lord and then checked other translations. They all were about the same, if you enter through the north gate you have to leave by the south and vice versa, so I reviewed some commentaries to see what they said.

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When I read this verse today in Revelation, “Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy” (Revelation 22:11 NIV), I thought of people thinking they’re doing the right thing when they’re not. I know this verse refers to the righteous person doing righteous things and not the ethos that makes up what people think is right and wrong. However, it bothers me that people think they’re living the right way when they’re not.

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One of the hardest facts to wrap our heads around about God is that nothing happens without Him. Isaiah tells us “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 NIV). However, we like to compartmentalize things. We see hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and we place them over here in their own category. War, famine, starvation, and disease are put into their own category. We take everything that we think is “evil” and we assign it to the Devil and everything that is good we assign to God.

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