Monday Devotions

A few passages from Proverbs 26 I took to heart this morning in my devotions…

  • Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
  • Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
  • Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.
  • Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Stop and think for a second before you go on.  Are you like anything that is written above?  (Note: Thinking about that could take awhile.  That’s fine.  If you are like anything above, work on tangible ways to fix it and things you will do today to apply spiritual change in your life, then continue reading.)

We must never forget that in the process of progression comes massive opposition, turmoil, and some heartache.  The price we pay for faithfulness may be hard to handle at times, but the reward from GOD is better than anything we could ever imagine.  This morning I am reminded of Moses wandering around the desert with a group of people looking for the promise land.  It had to get old hearing the people constantly complaining and whining about when the promise land was coming.  Hearing constant things like, “Seriously Moses, you said the same thing last year?  What’s the deal?  Some leader you are.  When are we going to “get there”?  You really have no idea what your doing, do you?”

How quick the people were to forget that God is in control.  How quick they were to abandon the leadership God had placed over them.  Just like those people Moses lead, we too do the same thing.  We are quick to forget what God wants us to do.  We are quick to put God’s words in our own mouth and speak for Him.  We are quick to go outside the leadership God has set for us (Aaron and the golden calf?).

I like Moses.  He was a rock.  He was solid on doing God’s will.  He was dead set on the vision God had given him.  He was solid in telling the people that the God they served would come through, just wait, be patient, have faith, the payoff is coming.  The people who clung to him had to be on fire for the Lord because his life always pointed back to the living God.  The people on the other side were a different story.  Moses took a lot of crap from the people but he was faithful to God in the process, that’s what counts.

We have to be faithful in the process, to lead people where they need to go, no matter what happens.  Heartache comes, problems rise to the surface, and troubles knock, it’s expected.  However, we have Christ on our side and if He is on our side, who can be against us?  In this world we will have trouble but we must have the courage, because Jesus has overcome the world.

So today, I dare you to take a stand and ask the enemy, the evil forces, and outsiders who doubt your allegiance to the Lord to bring it.  No matter how bad the persecution is, no matter how much pain we face, no matter how great the opposition is, stand firm in the process of being faithful to Christ alone.  We have made our pledge to the King of kings.  Our redeemer is alive and well.  Joshua tells us that we are not to be terrified, we are not to be discouraged because the LORD our GOD is with us where ever we go.  How amazing!

So if your throwing a fit and looking at minor details, take a step back and re examine yourself.  Do everything without complaining or arguing.  Remember, God’s plan doesn’t always look like we want it to.  Don’t be a fool returning to your own vomit.  Don’t think your wise in your own eyes.  Examine yourself daily.  Does everything point back to Christ in your life?  Is it evident in the way you act, speak, listen?  Are you Christ like?  Are you faithful in the process?  People are listening to what you say.  People are watching how you will react.

Think about it.

-jordan

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