Devotional thought 1-24-2017

​Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the Lord , lovingkindness shall surround him.

Psalms 32:10 NASB

How many times have you heard someone who seemingly has it all complain about their life? Or how often do you watch a special on TV about someone who did something and hear them lament about the guilt that weighs on them daily? The passage today is accurate when it speaks of the sorrows of the wicked. So how much more is it accurate about he who trusts in the Lord being surrounded by lovingkindness. The only way trust goes away is when someone fails you at the most crucial of moments. And He doesn’t fail, even when the outcome is not what you wanted.

Devotional thought 1-23-2017

​So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.

Numbers 13:32 NASB

I was listening to an old sermon this weekend and this was part of the foundation of it. The question kept coming to my mind; are we giving a bad report about the land God swore to give us?  God said that the land flowed with milk and honey, that should have been good enough for anyone. But the spies were sent and they came back and basically said God was a liar. 

How many of us do the same with our lives. We talk about what God can do but when we spy out the land we only see its challenges. Thus we give a bad report and it causes others to fall. Think about it, only Joshua and Caleb made it from Egypt to the promised land. Everyone else who left Egypt with them died on the way.

Let us not look at the challenges of the land only look at who goes with us, who is leading us into the land.

Devotional thought 1-22-2017

​”No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Matthew 6:24 NASB

People often think that God doesn’t want His people to have wealth. I don’t believe that, especially when you consider that Solomon had wealth, Abraham had wealth, Job had wealth, etc. But we tend to go to the extreme and we become slaves to the blessings inasmuch as they become our master. Then we seek to do things to help us stay in that position or increase our position that are not God driven. Thus in our pursuit we make it an idol.

God is about one thing and that is the salvation of our souls. And if it means He has to withhold wealth from you here, so that you can have wealth over yonder, He does it. 

Let us not serve idols that have no saving power. Let us turn to God for He alone can save us.

Devotional thought 1-20-2017

​A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

Proverbs 1:5 NASB

I find that the older I get the higher premium I place on being around wise people. There comes a point in time when you don’t want to be around foolishness anymore. 

Indeed scripture speaks about this, especially in Proverbs. So if the goal is to become wise who better to be around then true God loving people? These should be the kind of people who are seeking wisdom and we all know that wisdom comes from God. But we only seek to do such things if we are wise ourselves.

Devotional thought 1-19-2017

​The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 NASB

This is one of my favorite passages in scripture. The juxtaposition is amazing. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The text equates being wise with having a knowledge of who God is while expressly stating that a fool is one who despises wisdom and instruction. 

And what does it mean to follow God? It definitely means you accept His instructions, His wisdom in dealing with life. Rejection of that makes you a fool.

Let’s not be fools.

Devotional thought 1-18-2017

​For the heart of this people has become dull , And with their ears they scarcely hear , And they have closed their eyes ; O therwise they might see with their eyes , And hear with their ears , And understand with their heart and return , And I would heal them .”‘

Acts 28:27 NASB

Had the opportunity to read this verse twice today and I felt it calling to me and saying this is the condition of people. Not heathens only but all people. 

We refuse to listen to each other much less God. We try to dialogue but only succeed in further digging in our heels to our position. Truth and fact have become almost irrelevant as the only thing that matters is who can yell the loudest. 

Yet we all do the same thing privately. We sit and wonder why things are not getting better. I submit that it is because we have not returned to Him and because of that we are not healed.

Devotional thought 1-17-2017

​How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalms 1:1 NASB

As I have gotten older I realize more and more the value of counsel. Especially having counsel that is not bent towards treachery or evil. 

David understood this when he wrote psalms and I find it intriguing that he says that you are blessed to not have wicked counsel. That who you trust the most giving you good advice is a blessing. Of course David inquired of God a lot more than we do so perhaps this is why he said it. We would be smart and blessed to heed David and follow in his way of inquiring God about all that we do.