NO RECORD OF OUR SINS
Read: Psalm 130
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? -
Out of the depths" the psalmist cries to God (Ps.130:1). His
problem surfaces: terrible guilt for things done and undone in
the past. "If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who
could stand?" (v.3).
But, thankfully, God forgives. He does not keep an account
of past sins, no matter how many or how grievous they have been.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in
Christ Jesus" (Rom.8:1). God's forgiveness then leads us to fear
Him (Ps.130:4). We worship and adore God, for grace and
forgiveness causes us to love Him all the more.
But what happens if we slide back into old sins? What if sin
lingers? We are to repent and "wait for the Lord" and be patient
while God works (vv.5-6). We are not hopeless cases. We can
"hope" in the One who will deliver us in His time.
We now have these two assurances: God's unfailing love - He
will never leave as nor forsake us (Heb.13:5). And God's promise
of full redemption in due time - He will redeem us from all our
iniquities (Ps.130:8) and present us before His glorious presence
without fault and with great joy (Jude 24).
We're forgiven! We're free! With the psalmist, let's worship
the Lord as we await His coming. - David Roper
How blest is he whose trespass Has freely been forgiven, Whose
sin is wholly covered Before the sight of heaven. - Psalter
WHEN WE'RE FORGIVEN, NO RECORD IS KEPT OF OUR FAILURES.
Read: 2 Kings 5:9-14
The manifestations of the Spirit is given to each one for the
profit of all. - 1 Corinthians 12:7
In 1869, John Roebling dreamed of building a massive bridge
over the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Unfortunately, at
the outset of the project his foot was crushed in an accident. In
the recovery process, Roebling insisted he knew best and took
charge of his own medical care. After refusing help, he began to
show signs of tetanus. Before long, Roebling's jaw had locked
into a permanent smile. Seizures and dementia plagued him until
his death weeks later.
The Bible records a story about an independent person who
balked at the help offered him. Naaman, a great warrior of Syria,
suffered from leprosy. He sought out the prophet Elisha for
healing but had preconceived ideas about how the healing should
take place. So when Elisha sent his messenger to tell him to dip
in the Jordan river seven times, Naaman was enraged. But Naaman's
own servants gave wise advice: "If the prophet had told you to do
something great, would you not have done it?" (2 Kings 5:13). And
so Naaman followed the prophet's simple instructions, and his
leprosy was cured.
God gives us gifts to aid each other (1 Cor.12:7). But
self-sufficiency shuts the door on much needed help. Let's be
open to the helping hand He provides. - Dennis Fisher
The Lord extends His gracious hand To those in desperate need, He
lifts them up, He helps them stand Through caring saints and
loving deed. - D.De Haan
THE FIRST STEP IN GETTING HELP IS HUMILITY.
Read: 1 Kings 19:1-12
After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire;
and after the fire a still small voice. - 1 Kings 19:12
In recent years, the spread of personal digital music
players has resulted in concerns about hearing loss. The design
of the music players and their earphones has been the target of
complaints and lawsuits. Longterm exposure to music at a high
volume has been shown to cause serious bearing impairment. In a
sense, too much hearing can result in an inability to hear.
We live in a world filled with noise - noises designed to
sell, plead, seduce, and deceive. In the midst of this cacophony
of sound, it's easy to miss the one voice that matters most.
Elijah had listened to Jezebel's threats and the voice of
his own fear, so he fled to a cave to hide. In the cave he was
confronted with the overwhelming noise of wind, an earthquake,
and fire (I Kings 19:11-12). Then the cave grew silent and the
voice of the Lord - the only sound that mattered - broke through
as "a still small voice" (v.12).
If we are to hear God speaking to our hearts through His
Word, we need to pull away from the noise of the crowd. Only when
we learn to be quiet can we really understand what it means to
commune with the God who cares for us.
In our "quiet time" today, let's make an effort to listen
for the voice of God. - Bill Crowder
Speak, Lord, in the stillness While I wait on Thee; Hushed my
heart to listen In expectancy. - Grimes
TO HEAR GOD'S VOICE, TURN DOWN THE WORLD'S VOLUME.
Read: Ephesians 5:22-33
Husbands, love your wives. - Ephesians 5:25
People around the world reacted with shock in September 2006
when news broke that Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter," had
died. His enthusiasm for life and for God's creatures was
contagious, making him a favorite personality worldwide.
When his wife Terri was interviewed shortly after Steve's death,
her love for him was obvious as she said through her tears, "I've
lost my prince." What an affectionate way to memorialize her
husband. She saw him as her prince and her best friend. The
husband-wife relationship is often viewed today as anything but
the tender one Terri and Steve must have shared. We see
bitterness, insults, and animosity presented in the media as the
norm. How much more desirable it is to see true love - to see a
husband unashamedly cherish his wife, to unselfishly be her
How can a husband continue to love his wife in a more
princely way? Try these suggestions: Listen - enjoy those tender
times when she can unburden her heart without fear. Love life -
find ways to add fun to your marriage. Lead spiritually - guide
the way into prayer and intimate fellowship with the Lord.
Men, be a, prince to your princess. - Dave Branon
Honor your wife and in love with her dwell, Yield to the Savior
and all will be well; Peace He will give to both husband and
wife, Blessing their marriage with joy throughout life. - Anon
MARRIAGE THRIVES IN A CLIMATE OF LOVE AND RESPECT.
Read: Psalm 46
I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace
to His people and to his saints. - Psalm 85:8
Gone are the days when a real person greets you on the other end
of a phone call. It seems as though whenever we try to "reach out
and touch someone," we are greeted with a computerized voice.
I'm glad this isn't true of our Father in heaven. He is always
there. No voice-mail boxes, no "press 2 for more grace" and no
"call waiting" interruptions. Thankfully, "Call to Me, and I will
answer you" (Jer.33:3) has not been replaced by, "All lines are
now busy. Your call is important to Me. Please stay on the line."
Yet I wonder what kind of access He has to us?
Communication with God is a two-way street. He speaks to us
through His Word when we come attentively before Him in prayer
and through the clear voice of the indwelling Spirit. He paid a
great price to keep the lines open so that we can experience the
joy of being still long enough to know that He is God (Ps.46:10).
As my grandmother's favorite hymn "In the Garden" says:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am
His own: And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has
ever known. - Miles
The joy of heating His voice is a call you don't want to miss! -
IS GOD GETTING THROUGH TO YOU?
Read: Proverbs 1:20-23
The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and
understanding. - Proverbs 2:6
Voltaire said, "Common sense is not so common." He was
right! In a society that has grown increasingly litigious, we are
inundated with warnings on products, mostly because some people
lack common sense. Just read the following instructions.
On a hair dryer. Do not use while sleeping.
On an iron: Do not iron clothes on body.
On a chainsaw: Do not attempt to stop chain with your hand.
Common sense can be learned from experience or the teaching we
receive from those we trust. But God's Word is the best source of
all to develop discernment and good judgment. Three words echo
throughout the book of Proverbs: wisdom, knowledge,
understanding. God has packed this book with common sense.
Proverbs 11:12 advises restraint:
"A man of understanding holds his peace."
Proverbs 17:27 warms: "He who has knowledge spares his words, and
a man of understanding is of a calm spirit."
Proverbs 20:13 is practical: "Do not love sleep, lest you come to
To get more common sense, consult God's Word - the source of
wisdom - daily. - Cindy Hess Kasper
TO GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM:
Ask God for it (James 1:5). Read regularly from the Proverbs.
Seek out godly counsel (Prow 11:14; 15:22; 19:20).
KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT COMMON SENSE IS FOLLY.
DOING WHAT'S RIGHT
Read: Psalm 15
He who does these things shall never be moved. - Psalm 15:5
Bruce Weinstein is known as "The Ethics Guy." His books and
seminars challenge people to make choices based on principle
rather than convenience or self-interest. In his business
workshops, he often asks the participants, "Why should we be
ethical?" He says that most responses center on the benefits of
honesty and morality - avoiding punishment and having a clear
conscience. While acknowledging that there are long-term
benefits, Weinstein emphasizes doing the right thing because it's
the right thing to do. Psalm 15 gives a vivid picture of the
person whose conduct grows out of fellowship with the living God.
The question "Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?"
(v.l) is answered with examples from everyday living: "He who
walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in
his heart" (v.2). It goes on to describe honest relationships
with neighbors and friends (vv.3-4), along with integrity in
business and financial matters (v.5). The psalm ends with the
words, "He who does these things shall never be moved" (v.5).
Ethical living is more than a concept discussed in seminars.
It's a powerful means of demonstrating the presence of Christ in
our lives. Doing what is right is always the right thing to do. -
Lord, help me put away deceit And live a life that's true, And
may there be integrity In all I say and do. - Sper
THERE IS NO LEGACY AS RICH AS INTEGRITY.