August 17, Saturday

Today’s blog, written by Pastor Young Kim of Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia, was originally posted on June 26, 2013.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Two Wise Thoughts from Proverbs”

Proverbs 26:13, 14 (NIV 84)

“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.”

Proverbs regularly visits this theme of being a sluggard.  Basically, you don’t want to live like this—being lazy and making excuses as to why you didn’t what you were supposed to do. You don’t want to be a sluggard who turns on his bed like a door turns on its hinges.  

Wake up and ask Jesus for His strength to move through the obstacles in order to avoid living like a sluggard.  Remember that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power . . . and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:7). Therefore, ask Jesus to make you realize your true identity as one who is more than a conqueror through “God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

Proverbs 26:18-19 

“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’”

There is too much sarcasm, I believe, in the American culture. How do you use humor? Do you use it to say hurtful things?  Things that you say can be funny, but it can also be unwise and even hurtful. Examine the type of humor you like. Ask yourself, “Is God pleased in how I joke around?”

Prayer: Wake me up Jesus. I don’t want to live a life of constantly making excuses. Keep me diligent in seeking you. Teach me to be a hard-working person and stop being lazy; give me strength to press on!!!

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 6-7

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