May 19 “Do not be unequally yoked” & LINKUP

We’re commanded to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Nowhere is that truer than in our choice of a spouse.

unequally yoked

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 9 & 10
Psalm 65.1-8
Proverbs 16.20-21
John 6.1-21

2 Samuel 9 & 10:

Don’t be unequally yoked

Chapters 9 & 10 give us a glimpse of David’s heart—first as he showed kindness to Mephibosheth as a way of honoring his covenant with Jonathan and in chapter 10 as he sent representatives to comfort Hanun at the time of his father’s death.

Sadly, David’s gesture toward Hanun was not only rejected, but met with ridicule by Hanun when he shamed and humiliated David’s ambassadors. Should we be surprised when our gestures of peace and kindness are met with rejection? Those in the world often find it hard to believe we don’t have ulterior motives, because of what’s in their own hearts.

But this is also a reminder that we can’t “make friends” with the world. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6.14).

We are to love them biblically, pray for them, and share God’s truth, but not be “yoked together” with them. This means dating, marriage, partnerships, and other close associations, especially those that require agreement on decisions, seeking advice, etc.

Nowhere is this truer than in our choice of a spouse. Paul said if you’re single you’re free to marry but only “in the Lord” (1 Cor. 7.39).

However, if you’re already married to an unbeliever, you’re not to divorce him or her. You’re to live for Christ and allow your godly behavior to be all the more evident (1 Cor. 7.12-14; 1 Pet. 3.1-2). Continue reading

May 18 “Life’s toughest questions”

Many people today are looking for answers to life’s toughest questions: Why am I here? Is this all there is? What’s my purpose in life? When I die, then what? But sadly, many are looking in all the wrong places.

life's toughest questions

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 7 & 8
Psalm 64.1-10
Proverbs 16.18-19
John 5.24-47

2 Samuel 7 & 8:

The goodness of God

Read David’s prayer in chapter 7:

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Lord God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord God?

He understood that God’s favor came only as a result of His mercy and grace and not because of any goodness in himself. What a great example of how we should prayerfully respond to the goodness of God in our lives!

Psalm 64.1-10:

Who will know?

Verse 5, talking about the wicked says, “They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, ‘Who will see them?'”

The wicked secretly plot evil as if God doesn’t know what they are doing. But God is omniscient. He knows everything that has ever happened, everything that is happening now, and everything that ever will happen.

How do you live? Do you harbor secret sin in your life as if God doesn’t know? Do you excuse it by saying, “It’s no big deal.” “Compared to other people, I’m not so bad.” “Everyone has some shortcomings.” “Who will know?” God knows and He’s calling us to confess and forsake those things that are not pleasing in His sight. Continue reading