Do the Right Thing

“Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s son.  May he judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted with justice.” (Ps 72:1-2)

God’s leadership should be the model for all leaders.  When we are in a position of power and authority, whatever that capacity, we should first and foremost think about what is right and just.  A leader cannot afford to let his heart determine the outcome of his judgment because our hearts can be deceitful (see Jer 17:9).  Truth must prevail in judgment.

Emotional rhetoric, bribery, flattery, and even the voices of those in our corner who blindly follow can only blind a leader from doing what is right and just.  Solomon prayed that he could live right and judge justly.  There is no greater measure of a leader.

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A Mother Defines Love

“Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, ‘Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide!’ ” (1 Kings 3:26)

1st Kings 3 tells the infamous story of two women both claiming to be the mother of the same child and Solomon’s show of wisdom in revealing the true mother by saying he will use a sword to divide the child between both parties.  The above verse is each woman’s response.  Is there any doubt who the true mother is?

The verse illustrates love in the purest of forms – it is about doing what is in the best interest of the person, regardless of what it costs you.  This woman was willing to lose her child in order that the child might live.  She was willing to sacrifice all of her rights and benefits of motherhood so the baby could live as full a life as possible.  She instinctively declared a sacrifice of all that she desired.  That is love.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jhn 3:16)

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Check Your Blind Spots

“Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.” (1 Kgs 3:3)

No matter how sophisticated our cars become, driver’s instructors around the world still warn us to check our blind spots because there is always a possibility something might be hiding there.  Good drivers check their blind spots before changing lanes because no matter how confident you are, human error still happens.

Solomon was a good man.  He loved the LORD, he wanted to follow God’s commands… but he had a blind spot to the high places.  Eventually, he would also have a blind spot to women.  That blind spot was because he was human, not because he was insincere.

Check your blind spots because they can come back to haunt you if you don’t.  Recognize that you are fallible and can make mistakes.  Test your beliefs and your actions constantly against Scripture and surround yourself with people who will challenge you to grow and improve.  A blind spot is normal, but ignoring it can be fatal.

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The Sum of the Word

“The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” (Ps 119:160)

Nobody likes their words to be taken out of context, and it turns out that God is no different.  The vast majority of “contradictions” that skeptics claim to find in the Bible are because of not paying attention to the sum total of the Scriptures.  You can make the Bible say anything you want if you just take verses out of context. The Bible is a powerful  book and needs to be handled accurately.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)

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From Death to Life

“Great are Your mercies, O LORD; revive me according to Your ordinances.” (Ps 119:156)

We revive someone that is near death or incapacitated.  The commandments of God aren’t just for how to stay out of trouble, they are the path back to life for when we are in trouble.  All Scripture is God-breathed and that breath of life is exactly what our soul needs to be revived when we stand on the brink.  There is a road back to life after sin.  It’s a hard road, but not an impossible one.

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (Jhn 6:63)

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Silent Night

“My eyes anticipate the night watches that I may meditate on Your word.” (Ps 119:148)

Life is chaotic and busy.  Budgets to balance, dishes to wash, children to wrangle, chores to do, errands to run, and the constant buzz of our phones alerting us to whatever the powers that be think we need to know.

The early morning and the late evening are quiet times for most of us.  These are times to meditate and remember what matters.  Make the Bible a part of the stillness of your evenings.  Once the babies are tucked in and the email stops dinging, open the book.  You won’t regret it.

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Sin is the Problem

“My eyes shed streams of water because they do not keep Your law.” (Ps 119:136)

There is so much heartache and pain in this world. God never intended for us to suffer as we do. What should the Christian reaction be to all the world’s problems? It is normal for us to feel sorrow over the effects of sin.

In your life, there will be people you love that hurt and you will look for answers as to why they are suffering. The answer is sin… sometimes it is others’ sins, sometimes it is their own, and sometimes it is a sin you committed. Sin destroys relationships, intimacy, progress, and hope. God’s moral laws are there for a reason and when we break them, we find it is us that is broken.

The world needs God – both His grace and His truth. As Christians, we should shed tears of the state of things. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” (1 Jn 3:4)

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The Two Paths to Wisdom

“I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the aged because I have observed Your precepts.” (Ps 119:99-100)

There are two ways to gain wisdom in life – the easy way and the hard way.  The hard way involves a lot of failure and recovery.  It also is a guess-and-check method for growth.  You never know what works until you’ve tried it.  That is why older people naturally have more wisdom – they’ve had the time to fail and recover many times.

But there is an easier way.  Learn from the Maker.  Meditate on His Word and follow His path.  The easy way involves a lot more humility, but a lot less heartache.

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I Am Yours, O LORD

“I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts.” (Ps 119:94)

God’s grace and mercy is a river of life and joy.  There is nothing like knowing that God has saved you and that heaven awaits.

But “save me” starts with “I am Yours”.  We cannot be saved from our sins until we give ourselves over to Him.  Obedience precedes grace.  Submission comes before honor.

“But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ ” (Jas 4:6)

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Everything’s Settled

“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” (Ps 119:89)

Just because people don’t like what the Bible says doesn’t mean we can change it.  The Scriptures don’t change.  He meant what He said.

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