Proverbs 3:5-20

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.” (Proverbs 3:5, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

“With Lady Wisdom, God formed Earth; with Madame Insight, he raised Heaven. They knew when to signal rivers and springs to the surface, and dew to descend from the night skies.” (Proverbs 3:19–20, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Beloved Ones: We’re better off letting many things go and letting the Lord signal rivers and springs to the surface of our lives for prosperity.

“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.” (Psalm 127:1, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Same principle. Sometimes we try too hard instead of slowing down and letting the Lord bless us his way!

2 Chronicles 11:13-23

“The priests and Levites from all over Israel came and made themselves available to Rehoboam. The Levites left their pastures and properties and moved to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had dismissed them from the priesthood of God and replaced them with his own priests to preside over the worship centers at which he had installed goat and calf demon-idols. Everyone from all the tribes of Israel who determined to seek the God of Israel migrated with the priests and Levites to Jerusalem to worship there, sacrificing to the God of their ancestors. That gave a tremendous boost to the kingdom of Judah. They stuck with Rehoboam son of Solomon for three years, loyal to the ways of David and Solomon for this period.” (2 Chronicles 11:13–17, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Beloved Ones: one King’s trash is another King’s treasure! King Jeroboam, up in Israel, fired all the priests. King Rehoboam, down in Judah, got all of them and prospered!

John 3:31-36

“The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.” (John 3:35–36, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Beloved Ones: Through Jesus, we get all the riches of God. Hallelujah!

Daniel 5:1

“The queen heard of the hysteria among the king and his nobles and came to the banquet hall. She said, “Long live the king! Don’t be upset. Don’t sit around looking like ghosts. There is a man in your kingdom who is full of the divine Holy Spirit. During your father’s time he was well known for his intellectual brilliance and spiritual wisdom. He was so good that your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him the head of all the magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, and diviners. There was no one quite like him. He could do anything—interpret dreams, solve mysteries, explain puzzles. His name is Daniel, but he was renamed Belteshazzar by the king. Have Daniel called in. He’ll tell you what is going on here.”” (Daniel 5:10–12, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Beloved Ones: The Lord intends for us to help others know what’s going on here. We are managers of mysteries

“Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.” (1 Corinthians 4:1, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

Giv’m heaven,


John Parker