August 15 “Whatever is not of faith …”

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Even if something is not sinful, in and of itself, if we believe it is, and do it anyway, it reveals a heart that is willing to sin against God.

Today’s Readings:
Job 21 & 22
Psalm 96.1-6
Proverbs 23.6-8
Romans 14.1-23

Job 21 & 22:

What did you do about my son?

In chapter 21 Job tried to convince his friends that their conclusion about his suffering was wrong. He reasoned that because the wicked are not always punished in this life, they couldn’t say good is always rewarded and evil always punished. He pointed out that, at times, even people who shake their fist at God seem to do so with impunity.

We have probably all witnessed instances where that appeared to be true and it would have been easy to look around and say, “Why bother to live right?” But as Job said in verse 30, “the wicked are reserved for the day of doom …”

While sometimes the wicked prosper in this life, there will be a day of accounting when all the riches, all the success, all the fame will count for nothing!

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Hardly a month goes by that we don’t hear of the death of some celebrity or politician or other wealthy or influential person. And, while some of them may very well be saved, there is often nothing to indicate that was true. When they stand before God, He won’t be impressed with their money, their political clout, or their great acting talent! The only question that will matter is “What did you do about my son?”

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