How does the gospel get distorted? How does the truth of grace and love get twisted into something it is not?
The approval of man. That is today’s verse. Paul says it plainly- “…If I were still trying to please man I would not be a servant of Christ.” Gal 1:10.
How many of us do this? How many churches continue to do this? Socially, things change and so to make everyone happy and receive the approval of being right without peers we make changes with no regard for God’s word, just the approval of others. Nobody wants to be labeled as unaccepting.
But if we don’t know the God, if we don’t read His word, if we don’t take the time to pour into and know His gospel then how are we to know when we are seeking the approval of man, not God’s peace?
It is easy to get tripped up and swept into modern trends and culture.
I love the Bible. One of the absolute coolest things about the Bible is that, like God, time seems to all get blended together. The Prophets of the old testament often had no real concept of what it truly was they were prophesying about from a time standpoint. The first coming, the second coming, or all that is in between often gets folded on top of each other, yet it still sings to our hearts today just as it did 2000 years ago.
Does God want us to have vengeance or love?
You see, we are not ‘nones’- we are disciples of Christ. This means we do not operate from our sinful, very human, want to destroy people for believing ‘chickens are our spirit animal’ (or whatever the cause is) place in our human makeup.
We have been transformed, which means we operate from a place of love. Let’s look at today’s passage again-
Proverbs just pours out wisdom, speaking of wisdom far more than any other book in the Bible. And that brings us to the question for today- What does the final line mean when it tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction?” What does it mean to fear the Lord and why does that bring us knowledge, wisdom, and instruction?
When we are called to be the salt of the earth we are being asked to know how essential we are in seasoning this world with His essential, good flavor. What we say and how we say it must always be seasoned with the flavor and salt of grace and peace.
Today’s wisdom is why wisdom Wednesdays are even a thing. Where Can You Find Wisdom? Is it Earthly Ambition or From Above that is in your Heart?
“And the Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.” Yes, that is Jonah chapter 2 verse 10 and it says exactly that in the Bible. I always get surprised about seeing some of the very honest verses in the Bible. I make a joke but really this is a wonderful story about understanding what it means to follow the will of the Lord. I make a joke but really this is aI make a joke but really this is a wonderful story. Are you walking away from the presence of the Lord? A Story About Purpose, a Big Fish, and Accepting God’s Will.
We are all about to get together for a big ‘ol feast. Many of us are stressed about getting the meal on the table, the mess we have to clean up or what crazy inappropriate thing is aunt sally going to say this year. It is easy for us to get consumed by the worry of it all. The hustle and bustle of all the holidays leave us wondering what we do it all for.
This Thanksgiving let’s reframe it a bit and switch it back to what the word thanksgiving means in the OT.