Old Testament – In First Chronicles 21 we read about David taking a census after being tempted by Satan. Satan didn’t force David to do this – Satan tempted him and David fell prey to the temptation. This census was a sin because David was seeking to demonstrate how mighty “his” army was – when he should have realized all that he had came from God and that David’s true strength came from God and not his army. The census was a sin of pride. (And it is very interesting to note that Joab, who is not one known for his scruples, realizes this census is a sin!) And so we read in verses 14 & 15 – “So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand people died as a result. And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But just as the angel was preparing to destroy it, the LORD relented and said to the death angel, “Stop! That is enough!” At that moment the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”
New Testament – Paul’s writings in Romans 3 verses 7 & 8 today are so powerful for us to remember always: “”But,” some might still argue, “how can God judge and condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?” If you follow that kind of thinking, however, you might as well say that the more we sin the better it is! Those who say such things deserve to be condemned, yet some slander me by saying this is what I preach!” Have you ever thought in any way along the lines of “well, it doesn’t really matter if I sin?” This is such risky thinking. Let me highly encourage you to read the Bible to see what it says about sin and in particular these early chapters in Romans. In reading these chapters in Romans do you see the risk, and really the stupidity, in continuing in unchecked sin?
Psalms – Today we read Psalm 11, which is one that you might miss the full meaning of if you didn’t know some of the commentary behind this Psalm. Basically in this Psalm King David is expressing his unshakable trust in God to other people around him who are very scared of enemy attacks. Knowing this – check out verse 1: “I trust in the LORD for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly to the mountains for safety!”
- Like David, do we really trust in God for our protection?
- Or do we sometimes rely on others or our own cunning – or, our own fear – for protection?
- Are there times when we are faced with a challenging situation that we feel like running away from it? “Fleeing to the mountains” for safety?
- When, instead, should we simply trust in God for our protection and move forward in spite of the fear within us?
- Is there an area of your life where you need to turn over more trust in God for ultimate protection?
- Will you flee to God only instead of fleeing to the mountains?
Proverbs – Proverbs 19 verse 11 is a bit challenging for me: “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.” I can see the point of restraining our anger. But overlooking wrongs… I guess I’m having a hard time with this one. I believe there is a point where we do need to speak the truth in love to someone about their wrongs. If we simply overlooked their wrongs, then would we really be doing them any favors? I mean, I guess we would be keeping the peace by overlooking wrongs, but I’m just thinking there is a time and place to speak the truth in love. In love. Not in anger. Let me know what you think on this one? I know just recently I posted up about not getting into an argument with a friend over the way he left a voicemail to me with a bad tone. And that seemed to be the right thing to do, and correlated with a recent Proverb we read. And today’s Proverb indicates we earn esteem by overlooking wrongs. I see where this Proverb is often / generally true – but is it always true? Let me know your thoughts on this in the Comments below if you will! Thanks!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” Psalm 11:7 TNIV
- Pray that you are living an upright life.
- Pray that you are seeking justice.
- Pray that you will one day see our righteous God face to face.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
- What verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?