I want to give you a secret to becoming rich in the Kingdom of God. Yep, how to get rich. Not rolling around on $100 bills in your pajamas rich, but true wealth. Riches paying dividends that increase in yield regardless of economies or trends.
My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
WOW, a crowning of grace and a necklace of honor. Sounds like rewards to me. But what if the instruction of our parents was godless or abusive? How do I process the negative lessons into a Godly provision?
Here is the key to opening the door to this asset: nothing in my life can be sorted out through my sensibilities of right and wrong. I am a child of God and ALWAYS have to ask the Father what things mean. Though I usually need to be reminded in the moment, this is an ALWAYS. The face value of any circumstance is usually a mere delivery system, while the true definition is held in the mind of God.
This is a furtherance of the lesson of “listening to the messenger and missing the message.” I can’t get away from these words. I can’t tell you how many wounds I bear simply from not asking the Father to interpret a situation. And the main problem with this is that not only do I leave injured, I also lose the privilege of benefiting from the circumstance. God gives us all conditions where we can choose to drill down and glean from Him, or turn aside in hurt.
Many times in my walk, things were done to me that caused me to stop and say, “What are YOU saying in this?” And when I asked this, the poison stinger was removed and I was given a treasure. I didn’t judge it by sense and reason but listened to the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:6 AMP). Again, the results were wisdom and spiritual fruit. And the good news is even if I fail to do this in the moment, God can redeem the situation. Let me give you a parental for instance.
I stated previously that my expectations of my father were not met. On this side of my salvation journey, I have said, “What were YOU saying?” One of the answers from the Lord is, “I AM Jealous!” God was jealous for what? For my affections and attention.
God has continually blocked my fleshly attempts to get love from sources outside of Him. I have run at this wall like a bull elephant. Slam, slam, slam! I wanted what I wanted, but God will have what He will have. He is stronger and more patient than I. So what I initially saw as neglect and rejection by my father translated in God’s mind as HIS desire and affection for me. Talk about a mind bender. This is why, as God’s child, I ALWAYS have to go to Him for the answer of what is happening. Man is too fickle, our frame is too delicate and our world too topsy-turvy to trust our limited understanding as reliable.
At the end of the day, our Creator will have to let us know: what He created, why He created it and what its purpose is. When I am open to listen to His take on things, then my exhausting energy flow of trying to figure it out, fix it, or make it right as I see fit will end. The End!