Proverbs 10: 15-16 “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.” 1 Timothy 6:17 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” Look up Psalm 52:1-7. While all of these verses talk about money, it is never mentioned in the Bible that it is wrong to have money. In 1 Timothy 5:8, it even mentions that we should be providing for our family which would include having money. The problem comes when we are trusting money more than God. That does not mean that we can go quit our job and trust God to take care of us, but if we are doing what we can, then He promises to take care of our needs in Philippians 4:19. In the most practical sense of the matter, there are free podcasts and free videos online that will help with your budget and help you get out of debt if that is an area that you struggle with.
Look up Psalm 56:8. While God may not keep all of our tears, He keeps the tears that we cry when we are truly repenting as shown in 2 Kings 20:5 and Malachi 2:13. In Job 16:20, we see that God keeps our tears that we cry in sorrow. In Ester 8:3, we see that God will keep our tears when we are trying to do what is right. In Psalm 126:5-6, we see that God both keeps our tears that we cry when trying to witness to someone and also we will reap benefits from that. In Psalm 6:6, we see that God keeps our tears that we cry in grief.
In David’s story, God mentions “tears” 35 times, “weep” 47 times, “weepest” 3 times, “weepeth” 4 times, “weeping” 44 times, and “mourn 45” times. If God is going to bring it up that many times, it has to be important to Him. In Psalm 56:8, we are told that God keeps at least some of our tears. Even on those days when we are like David in Psalm 80:5 or Psalm 42:3 where we can’t bring ourselves to eat because we have cried so much, we can rejoice in the fact that God still cares about us enough to keep some of our tears.
Read Mark 11:20-24 and Mark 14:8. Jesus asked God for what He wanted Him to do. Our ultimate goal should be to serve the Lord and have the right expectations for our life. Our life may not turn out how we expected it to, but if we will work on delighting in the Lord with our lives, than He will take control of what we desire. Our life will turn out better than what we had originally planned if we would just listen to Him.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Look up Mark 1:21-35. Even after doing something great, he simply went on to the next task to get the job done. While it is encouraging and exciting to see other people serving, bragging about it or posting it to social media should not be the reason why we do it. Like Jesus, we should be serving to serve, not serving to make a name for ourselves.