August 25 – Kindness Instead

“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the Lord will reward you.” – Proverbs 25:21-22 (NASB)

Today the Proverb we look at may likely be one of the more familiar and frequently heard. The Apostle Paul quotes this in Romans 12:13 as part of his instruction for us to not seek revenge for wrongs. It is better Paul says to “leave room for the wrath of God.” What is our promise for today? It is the promise of a reward we receive by choosing a ‘better way,’ a way God has given to us on how we should be dealing with the conflicts others bring into our life. The heathen code of morals doe not contain this perfection of love. Ultimately every system concedes to selfishness which is found in the heart of every person. The common principle was to love those that love us. Enemies were expected and it was hatred and revenge that was understood by all while this principle of “heaping hot coals,” through an expression of love, resulting in an enemy’s softening was not understood. This principal was taught by Jesus as how to live ‘Kingdom life’ in Matthew 5:43-48.


August 5 – Being Aware of Dangers

“My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.”  –  Proverbs 5:1–2

Throughout the Book of Proverbs, readers are cautioned and exhorted to pay attention. Think of how difficult it is sometimes to EITHER keep our attention focused where we need it to be OR keep someone we are teaching to maintain attention. Attention results in benefits and so, we reap promises. Solomon gives significant effort to teach us regarding the dangers of our evil world. What is it that distracts and is so dangerous? It is laid out in this chapter. Solomon commands our attention from the very first verse. And, it is not only our attention (or the pretending to be attentive while our thoughts wander off in some cabbage patch) but the intentional effort to listen, receive, and understand what is taught. [PA1] It is a daily battle we all face. What are the promises? We learn to profit from the ability to exercise discretion and gain knowledge. The extreme likelihood of temptation is our call to give attention. Otherwise, we’re likely deluded and see only the present gratification; expecting to taste, the honeycomb (v.3); Hearing  the smoothness of the tempter’s voice. But never is the beginning so sweet, as the end is bitter(v.4).


June 2 – Seeking Earnestly

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 (NASB)

Do you ever want something so much that you actually yearn for it? David was in the dry desert spiritually and emotionally when he wrote these words. His whole body yearned for God much like a thirsty person craves water. He described the place as being dry and without water to drink. You and I may not be in that kind of a place physically but we might still share some of the thoughts that David had. I’m thinking of the words, “my soul thirsts for you.” David’s heart and soul longed for close fellowship with God and the reason for that is given in the first words of our verse. David could tell God “you are my God;” This he had learned by past experience and that’s why he longed always for close fellowship with God. Can we say the same? If we have experienced this promise that the Lord is our God, we’ll be always longing for constant fellowship with Him – it is a natural outcome for us to desire and seek the close presence of God and He has promised it to us today and forever.


April 26 – Thank Goodness & Heavens

“And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. ” – Revelation 21:6 (ESV)

Thank goodness! This is a very frequently used expression which most of us do not stop and think about what it actually means. We are thanking a personality characteristic, the way one was treated in an exchange. Sometimes we are being grateful for a near missed unpleasant experience. We may have deserved but we were spared the consequences of our actions. Thank Goodness! True Goodness comes to us from God and Jesus was the demonstration of God’s goodness when he lived a sinless life and sacrificed himself to die in the place of all who deserve death as the wages of sin. That was our place, our debt, but Jesus took it upon himself to rescue us from that consequence. He did it out of Goodness. The Alpha and the Omega (first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.) did it for us. We were adopted as children of God and secured an inheritance in Heaven. So now Thank Heavens! For heaven belongs to those who, knowing their souls are parched by sin, have earnestly sought the satisfaction of salvation and eternal life, this lasting spiritual water of which Jesus promised in John 4:14, 7:37-38 and Isaiah 55:1-2.