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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Life’s two roads; the life of the faithful person is contrasted with the life of the faithless person.
The writer begins his psalm extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us, often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God’s will This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you to draw closer to God, not hinder.
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots, and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.
There are only two paths of life before us–God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path, because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.
You can learn how to follow God by thinking about his Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says.
When Scripture says, “In all they do, they prosper,” it does not mean immunity to failure or difficulties. Nor is it a guarantee of health, wealth, and happiness. What the Bible means by prosperity is this: When we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit (results or by-products) we bear will be good and receive God’s approval. Just as a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we also are to soak up God’s Word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God. To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God’s Word in our hearts.
Chaff is the outer shell (or husk) that must be removed to get at the valuable kernels of grain inside. Chaff is a symbol of a faithless life that drifts along without direction. Good grain is a symbol of a faithful life that can be used by God. Unlike grain, however, we can choose the direction we will take. (NLT)
Psalm 1:1-6 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Tom Toya (Illinois) titled his story “PROGRAMMED FOR FAITHFULNESS;” here is a portion of Tom’s story:
“Our world changed dramatically with the invention of computers. . . A well-crafted computer program enables the device to perform specific tasks successfully.
“I think the Bible acts like a computer program in our minds and hearts, enabling us to live faithfully. When we read and think about scripture, the Holy Spirit begins to enlighten us. As we spend time soaking in God’s truth, it begins to transform us, enabling us to understand and obey God’s word. If we are meditating on a scripture that highlights God’s love, for instance, the Holy Spirit can help us to comprehend the goodness of the Lord and to treat others with kindness. When we choose to make God’s word our focus, we can be programmed for leading fulfilling spiritual lives.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Meditating on God’s word programs our lives for faithfulness.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for scripture. Give us understanding and help us to put your word into practice. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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