I asked someone just the other day, “How are our children supposed to live in a world that is more and more against the Lord and against those who follow Him?”
The answer is that they – and we – continue to live according to Scripture. The world changes – but the Word does not.
HOW SHOULD I LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS MORE AND MORE UNFAMILIAR?
• with wisdom (v 3) • with humility (v 4) • with fear of the Lord (v 4) • with generosity (v 9) • with a pure heart (v 11) • with gracious speech (v 11) • with trust in the Lord (v 19) • with financial wisdom (v 26-27)
I READ SCRIPTURE – BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH WHAT I HAVE READ (V 17-18)?
Don’t just skim over the familiar. Don’t avoid the unfamiliar. Truly read and hear each word.
How can I take what I just read and use it today? What do I need to do or stop doing? What does this passage tell me about God and who I am in relation to him?
I need to take what I read and keep it within me as I go about my day. Let it determine how I respond to disappointment or frustration. Let it calm my nerves and cool my temper.
Let the Word of God dictate how I speak. Make my words gracious, kind, truthful, and wise.
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1. Do we proclaim steadfast love without practicing steadfast love (v 6)?
If we are not living – in private – what we are posting – in public – then we are frauds. Worse than that, we are hypocrites. If we are teaching to our brother or sister what we are not practicing ourselves- it’s all for nothing.
2. Are we living in a way that will bring blessing to our children (v 7)?
Our children are blessed when they have parents who live righteously. The decisions we make, the way we treat others, our obedience to the Lord – it all affects our children after us.
3. Do we spend time with people who give wise counsel or who are careless with their words (v 18-19)?
If we became like the people we are around the most – would that be a good thing? OR – perhaps a better question – if the people who are around us the most became like us – would that be a good thing for them?
Have a wonderful Wednesday, y’all.
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