Running the Numbers

Psalm 138:1 “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.”

Wait a second… “before the ‘gods’?”

David isn’t talking to Hindu’s here, he’s talking to GOD about the ‘gods’, his ‘gods’.

David has ‘gods’.

Guess what? We’ve all got ‘gods’, you and I, we have ‘gods’. And like David, if we don’t recognize who our ‘gods’ are, we will lose sight of GOD!

Whether it’s money, or drugs, or porn, or power, or fear, or worry, or greed, or… we have ‘gods’ and they get in our way of knowing and experiencing GOD.

I like having money. That’s just a fact. And I like to think about what I (we) can do with our money.

So, I ran some numbers and it appears for around $1.50 to $2 a day we could end starvation around the world. We can’t end poor, the poor will always be with us, just starvation.

I then ran some numbers and for around $6.50 to $8 a day we could end starvation and make sure everyone had some clothes and a shelter. Not the luxurious 1,575 ft^2 I have, but something to keep out the elements, a place to feel safe and protected.

I then ran some numbers and found that for around $10 to $12 a day we could end starvation, provide clothing and shelter, and provide some basic health care for every child, woman, and man on this earth. Not the rich plan I have, but something that would cover vaccinations, childhood diseases, broken bones…

I found out there is enough money in the world to do all of this and have very little impact on my lifestyle.

Then, I ran some numbers on what it would take to end greed and I found out there isn’t enough wealth in all of the world to end greed.

So, I ran some numbers on what it would take to end fear and I found out there isn’t enough wealth in the entire world to end fear.

And finally, I ran some numbers on what it would take to end worry and I found out there isn’t enough wealth in the world to end worry.

‘gods’ are expensive! And they take more from us, you and I, than our wealth. They take our heart, and they take our mind, and they take, or at least diminish, our ability to love.

Psalm 138:7-8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”

We, you and I, are the work of GOD’s hands.

May you know in every cell of your body that YOU ARE LOVED FOREVER, no if’s, no and’s, and no but’s! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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