What Would You Do

I have a quiz for you – a What would you do quiz.

What does this mean – For as he thinketh in his heart so is he? That’s part of Proverbs 23:7. Does that mean the power of positive thinking?  Not really because our mind is part of our soul, not our heart. Here is the context of that verse – Proverbs 23:1-8 KJV
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
[2] And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
[3] Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
[4] Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
[5] Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
[6] Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
[7] For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
[8] The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

The context is money, riches and the wealth of evil people. Wealth and riches are not bad, God gave Abraham, David and others wealth and riches. It is how the wealth is obtained and what the heart reveals.

God’s word says mankind’s heart is deceitful and desparately wicked. David asked God to create a clean heart in him. I too have prayed that prayer. God tries the heart of man.

Remember, your heart gets set on things that enter your mind, your thoughts (which is your soul). So a thought is presented to you by God, Satan, family, friends, coworkers and others. You process the thought and decide if you believe the thought or not and if action is needed, you act on the thought. When you act on the thought it is now in your heart.

So here is a what would you do quiz. You attend a conference event held at a resort.  You are walking with a friend in early evening. Your friend notices something on the ground near the bushes. You squat down and look and pick it up. It is $750,000. Immediately your friend says, cool I could use some of that. I have (and then he rattles off about 4 bills he has to pay). You haven’t even had a chance to think about this yet. But feeling compassion for your friend, you give him $ 80,000. You tell him you will catch up with him later.

When you get back to your room you start to think, I have got to give this money back. But how do I do this because I gave $80,000 away? Then you hear an announcement over the speakers that some money was lost and everyone exiting the property will be subject to a complete search. You start thinking, I could really use this money. Before you jump the gun on answering this, let me set the scene a bit more.

Let’s say this conference was your last shot at getting a job because you were laid off. And your mortgage is 3 months past due and foreclosure is coming in 2 weeks. You also know the deal you made with the power company and your phone carrier is expiring in 5 days. Plus you haven’t had a descent meal in weeks. You know if you give it back they are going to ask, where is the other $80,000. You think they are going to think you kept $80,000. So what would you do?

When you examine your process for making decisions you know your are growing in wisdom & knowledge. What I mean by this is when you process the decision based on a foundation of God, you can not go wrong.

A spiritual person, walking in the Spirit and not the flesh, (Romans chapter 8) processes information through the lens of God and his word. God has laid out principles on how to do things and how to live in this world. Yes, you could loose your house to foreclosure and yes you might have the power turned off but what would God want you to do? That $750,000 could have been money to pay for someone’s surgery or it could have been someone’s life savings to start their own business.

If you really trust the Lord with all your heart, you will trust God to take care of you.


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