In our occupations the first thing we get is training. If we show that we are able, we get to keep working. What exactly is training? It seems to me that training cultivates an atmosphere where a set of desired knowledge and skills when applied, attract a goal. If the goal is to make computer chips, then in training one would seek to attain the knowledge and skills required to bring about many usable computer chips. What then is profit? Training’s profit would be knowledge.
Knowledge is important, but it is nascent to achieving a goal yet. The repetitive application of that knowledge has a profit: computer chips. Computer chip manufacturer’s end goal is not to have too many computer chips lying around. Manufacturer’s make those computer chips in order to profit financially. Once they have financial profit, “profit’s profit” is the power to have what one needs to function in life and enjoy it to the full. If finances did not provide power, nobody would seek after currency.
Is it vain to acquire the knowledge and skills required to be a servant of The Most High God? Obviously not. Do men acquire skills and products vainly? <“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.> He Who was, He Who is, and He Who will be is an honor to work for, a challenge to be in constant communication with. He has plans for you that involve application of belief, encouragement of truth, destruction of lies, and profit. Lots and lots of profit.
The righteousness of God is attained through repetitively applying His knowledge and skills to our lives. What we want dies, and what He wants is attained. He tells Jeremiah the same thing He tells us <I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.> (emphasis added)
If our heart’s desire is to please God then, where He is is where our heart will be. <For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.> If our heart’s desire is to attain something worldly, our hearts will go the way of all the world. If our heart’s are near Elohim then we will better understand how to be of His fold.
How do we train ourselves to attain the profit described in the word? Profits like described in Isaiah? In the Berean Study Bible this scripture is prefixed with the title: Future Blessing of Zion, but I tell you this is the blessing for His people now and today. In fact, the following blessing is what keeps His suffering servants moving forward each day and without this blessing, nobody will be able to survive the fiery day of judgement. Everything else will get burned up! <O afflicted city, lashed by storms, without solace, surely I will set your stones in antimony and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels and all your walls of precious stones. Then all your sons will be taught by YHVH, and great will be their prosperity.…>
Do not let the bridle that is your desires steer you away from love for <The heart is deceitful above all things.>
If we choose earthly things over HaAdonai’s things our hearts will begin to be attached to those, unfortunately. You will not have courage to walk with Abba and will blench at the tasks He sets before you. Will Abba give you provision only to watch you not fulfill the mission set before you? Will you squander Abba’s provision? Your minds will be eaten away at with lies and subtle falsehoods: fooling your senses and showing you evidence of things that really are just there temporarily, to keep you from giving your lives to the One Who Has Shown Unending Love For You.
If you have seen a child or teenager or even an adult who has a new toy, you will see how their heart is there with it. They will sacrifice a great deal to spend time with it. eventually the good feelings that come will go and they will move on to another. Not so with true fellowship.
<For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him…He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the brotherhood; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.>
There is a reason that the economy and the nature of work is displayed as it is. Yeshua could have chosen one of many ways for nature to display working towards profit. It is displayed as it is though, and it is complicated enough to keep one busy for a lifetime while what is important is brushed aside as childish, too hard, and vain. It isn’t.
Yaweh, we are grateful that it is You on the throne. Your love, Your faithfulness, Your unchanging characteristics, Your life which we abide in is worth our praise. Help us to better serve you, through study and prayer.
James 5; 1-6 <Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of HaAdonai of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.>
Matthew 6; 19-20 <“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.>
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