“Why Bother Doing What is Right!?!” June 12

 

Why Bother Doing What Is Right? - Do you ever feel that way when you look around and see evil people doing fine ... even prospering? Those were the Psalmist's thoughts. But things are not always as they seem … Also, read about a grandmother so wicked she had her own grandchildren killed and the foolishness of judging when you only hear one side of the story.Why bother doing what is right? Do you ever feel that way when you look around and see evil people doing fine … even prospering? Those were the Psalmist’s thoughts. But things are not always as they seem …

Also, read about a grandmother so wicked she had her own grandchildren killed and the foolishness of judging when you only hear one side of the story.

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Kings 11-13
Psalm 73.1-9
Proverbs 18.16-17
John 19.23-42

 

Why Bother Doing What Is Right!?!

 

Envious of the Wicked?

Psalm 73.1-9:

 

Verses 1-3, “Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

Even though the Psalmist knew the truth, that God is good to His children, he got his eyes off God and His promises. Instead, he got into self-pity, thinking how much easier life is for those who are not following God.

How like us! Who among us has not asked, “Why bother doing what is right? Look at so and so, she isn’t even trying to live right and she has a great husband, a nice home …!” But, as we’ll see in tomorrow’s reading, things aren’t always the way they appear on the surface.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

God is Faithful

2 Kings 11-13:

 

Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, had been her son’s counselor (2 Chron. 22.3-4), leading him in the worship of Baal. After his death she was anxious to grab power and see to it that Baal worship continued in Judah. So much so, that she was willing to kill her own grandchildren!

Athaliah didn’t just want Baal worship allowed, she wanted it sanctioned by the one in control … her.

As I listen to the news and hear the homosexual, gay-marriage, pro-abortion and other anti-God proponents, it is easy to see that, like Athaliah, they are not happy to be allowed the freedom to make their personal choices. They want the sanction of government and society, in general. Continue reading

September 3 “A lover’s quarrel & biblical love”

quarrel, fightCan God’s love working in us enable us to respond to others in a different way even when the other person is acting selfishly?

Today’s Readings:
Song of Solomon 5 & 6
Psalm 104.24-30
Proverbs 24.19-20
1 Corinthians 13.1-13

Song of Solomon 5 & 6:

A lovers’ quarrel

In chapter 5.2-8 the Shulamite and Solomon have had a lovers’ quarrel. Solomon expressed his desire for her in the middle of the night and she made excuses.

Both of them were selfishly focused on themselves. By the time his bride had second thoughts, you might say, Solomon had gone to sleep on the couch.

“I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer” (5.6).

Verse 9 begins “What is your beloved more than another beloved …” This serves as a poetic reminder to quit focusing on his selfishness and to focus on his good qualities.

That is so important in a marriage! Continue reading

June 12 “Do you envy the prosperity of the wicked?”

prosperity of the wicked

Why bother doing what’s right? Do you ever respond that way when you look around and see the prosperity of the wicked? Those where the Psalmist’s thoughts. But things are not always as they seem …

Today’s Readings:
2 Kings 11-13
Psalm 73.1-9
Proverbs 18.16-17
John 19.23-42

2 Kings 11-13:

God is faithful

Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, had been her son’s counselor (2 Chron. 22.3-4), leading him in the worship of Baal. After his death she was anxious to grab power and see to it that Baal worship continued in Judah. So much so, that she was willing to kill her own grandchildren!

Athaliah didn’t just want Baal worship allowed, she wanted it sanctioned by the one in control.

As I listen to the news and hear the homosexual, gay-marriage, pro-abortion and other anti-God proponents, like Athaliah, they are not happy to be allowed the freedom to make their personal choices. They want the sanction of government and society, in general. Continue reading