Hi there, how are your New Year Resolutions doing? Just a quick reminder that January is ending soon so keep the fire burning.
Today is Asset Evaluation Day as declared by my very humble self. LOL. What is your most important asset? Well, jokes apart I sincerely want us to take a look at what we consider as assets maybe in the definition of assets and liabilities by Robert Kiyosaki – those things that bring in money and those that take away money from our pockets respectively. Also, according to accounting experts, “depreciation” an intangible item can be given a monetary value in the books for subsequent deductions so in the light of such intangibles please also consider both your tangible and intangible assets in today’s task. Mine as I have discovered is a priceless one, I can’t seem to put a monetary value on it and in fact it’s not even a possible task to dare. Now you wonder what my most important asset would be but if you have been reading my posts often that shouldn’t be a difficult thing to surmise. However, I will tell you a story or a series of stories to illustrate what mine is. Stay with me please, it’s quite a brief one.
It started last week, I was in need of money to do something that was really necessary that I took care of. Now, I was in “need” not that I just “wanted” some careless cash, I really needed this money. After considering my options on how to get the money, I decided to pray about it. After all the scriptures say “ask and ye shall receive”. But after a time of prayer, the reply I got was “I am with you”. Well, if you are wondering how I got the reply, prayer for me is a dialogue while you are speaking you should also be listening to hear what He will say to you. Anyway, that was the reply I got and I replied back “in cash Lord”. LOL. Well, long story short I haven’t got that money yet but it reminded me of something God taught me some years back and that is what I want to share with you so you can see with me why He is my Most Important Asset.
The story is that of Abraham and his two children, the child of promise Isaac and the child of the flesh Ishmael. While God tarried in fulfilling His promise to give Abram a child that would be his heir, Abram and Sarai agreed to get Ishmael through Sarah’s maid, Hagar. But before all this was a scene in Genesis 15:1-2 where God visited Abram; “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward”. And Abram replied “Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” Does this sound familiar to you? Here is the thing. I asked God for some money and He told me “He was with me” and I told Him “cash Lord”. The very same thing Abraham did and we all also do. God said “Fear not Abram, I am your shield and exceeding great reward” that is, my reward for your faith in Me won’t just be things or children but am going to reward you with Myself also, I am giving Myself to you as your exceeding great reward and see Abram’s reply, “Lord it is actually a child that am asking for”.
In Genesis 17:15-21, Abraham now had Ishmael because God was still delaying the birth of Isaac but God visited him yet again after about 20 years and changed their names and promised them that Sarah would bear him a child. Abraham hearing this “fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!”
Abraham laughed and asked God to bless Ishmael instead and not bother about any other child. But God said fine, I will bless Ishmael and make him fruitful, multiply him exceedingly and make princes of him and of him also will I make a great nation BUT my covenant will I establish with Isaac and God stopped talking to Abraham about it. Now, the details of the covenant which God wanted to establish with only Isaac are in Genesis 17:7-8 and in summary it says that God will be a God to Abraham and his seed plus the inheritance of Canaan, and says again “and I will be their God”.
The verses before this covenant also mentions that the blessing God put on Ishmael He was also going to bless Isaac, the seed of promise with it too. The blessing of fruitfulness, multiplication, making him a great nation and princes also but one thing God withheld from Ishmael and that is “to be a God to him”.
Then it dawned on me that God can easily give the blessings that we so desire but the greater reward is that of Himself. Of Joseph it is written over and over again that “the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man” and “his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand”. Also, Romans 8:32 says “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
Need I say more? I believe my point is well understood. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.
Happy new week guys! Rock at work!