Any calculation must include God
2Chronicles 22-24 / James 3-5
24:23-24 At the beginning of the year, the Aramean army marched against Joash. They invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the nation. Then they sent all the plunder back to their king in Damascus. Although the Arameans attacked with only a small army, the LORD helped them conquer the much larger army of Judah. The people of Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, so judgment was executed against Joash.
3:7 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish
:13-16 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don’t brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise! But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don’t brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and motivated by the Devil. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil.
OT Flash Points
Training a child to make decisions
Righteous ones build for the future
If we only do what is necessary without involving and training the young, we destroy our posterity
NT Flash Points
Be separate – enjoy God – not this world.
Train others – model and teach
Live, move, decide by intimate sensitivity to the Spirit of your Father Who is in you
Fret not – calculate with God in the formula
Do not calculate with evil or the rainy day in view
Love regards no evil
What fuels your passion?