Okay with Waiting—Day 2

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Okay with Waiting—Day 2 Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.” Our devotional this week describes how important it is to be patient when dealing with a person in authority. It is in being patient with them whereby one gains influence with them. What an oxymoron. To gain influence with one in authority, be patient with them. That thought seems to go against the conventional wisdom that is prevalent in our world today. Nonetheless, as believers, in spite of how peculiar a biblical precept may seem we must still hang our hats on God’s Word. The scripture says, “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded.” In Hebrew the word forbearance is, ôrek, o´-rek; it is a word that means length. The overall sense of the word is the linear extent in space from one end to the other, or in the common language patience. It is a big...

Okay with Waiting

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Okay with Waiting Proverbs 25: 15 “By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.” As we go through life, often we must deal with either people or situations that are not easily moved. When dealing with stubborn things, if we are not careful, we become overwhelmed and fail to behave properly. When others don’t respond the way we want them to, we become frustrated, agitated, and perhaps angry. It seems the more powerful a person is, the more urgently we feel the need to influence them or the situation. How do we change the hearts, minds, or course of those who have higher status than we do? How do we behave when we have little influence? How do we react when the thing we are attempting to change has great authority? Do we trust God and biblical precepts, or do we accept the situation as unchangeable and live with bitterness? This...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5

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Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 5 Psalm 1 “The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” The writer of Psalm 1 places before us two choices, either choose the wise, righteous path or choose the foolish, wicked path. Many of us who profess to be followers of Christ know there are only two choices or paths to take. Nevertheless, we can often live as if there is a third choice, you know the one I am talking about, the unspoken choice, the option between the righteous or the wicked. I don’t believe we have a name for it, but it is the path we think we are taking when we know we are not behaving wisely yet we don’t consider ourselves to be foolish. The...

Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4

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Decisions: Choose Wisely—Day 4 Psalm 1 “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” There is almost nothing more disheartening than going through life aimless, or worse still, following the wrong purpose for our lives. Many wonder how one discovers their purpose in life. Much time and energy are spent by many attempting to find that one satisfaction. My answer has always been the same. ‘As we walk with the Lord being led by the Holy Spirit, we naturally walk into our purpose.’ I believe some have struggled with this answer because to some that seems too simple and to others it seems too difficult. The answer is too simple to some because we are often looking for a degree of complexity when discovering our purpose. And, difficult to others because we are...

Decisions: Choose Wisely–Day 3

By on Jun 27, 2018 in Decisions: Choose Wisely | 0 comments

Decisions: Choose Wisely-Day3 Psalms 1 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” As a boy I spent a lot of time at my neighborhood park. One of my funniest memories is of a little girl being pushed very high in her swing by her mother and really enjoying it. The higher she went, the more she squealed with laughter. For some reason, the mother’s attention was drawn toward something else and she stepped away. Immediately, a mischievous looking little fellow attempted to pick up where the girl’s mother left off. As soon as the little rascal stood behind her, without hesitation, the girl jumped off in mid-air! She didn’t trust the one who was trying to push her swing. Like this young lady who refuses to let just anyone be in control of her swing, the psalmist presents one who is selective regarding who is given authority...