August 23, Friday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Charles Choe (Tapestry Church in Los Angeles), was originally posted on December 2, 2014.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“Cause and Effect”

Proverbs 13:13

“Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.” 

When I was seventeen years old, I was persuaded of the need for God because the poor choices that I was making that often led to troubles, even with the law. Choosing to trust my own instincts and letting my heart dictate my choices led me to dissatisfaction in so many areas of my life, including with my family and friends. I felt lonely and abandoned, with very few meaningful relationships to speak of. In a word, I was miserable.  

Today’s passage is brief, but profound in its simple application. It is a classic study in the principle of “cause and effect”. Solomon warned his son that sorrow, pain and destruction are the end of a man who has contempt for God’s Law and despises the instruction of the wise. 

 One might ask, how do we despise the word of God? The world might simply mock it as a product of ancient times, but those who follow Christ, certainly, we don’t see like that.  But contempt comes in many forms. As Christians, we often show contempt for God’s Word in a subtle manner. When we disobey through our indifference to God’s Word, we show that we despise God’s Word in our hearts. Solomon warns us, it’s this lack of regard for God’s Word that will lead to our destruction. 

 The converse is true, as well. If we revere and keep his commandments in our hearts, we will find ourselves on the path that leads to rewards. There is a synergy, a mutual harmony between hearing and heeding God’s Law and the quality of one’s life. It’s when we obey and follow God’s Word we find the desires of our hearts met. Adhering to the Word of God and accepting the teachings of the wise will keep us from the snares of life. 

 How much do you consider the Word of God each day? Or when you make a decision about the future? Or when you engage a person in the conversation, how much of what you say is being filtered with your honor for God’s Word? 

Prayer: Dear God, help me not to depart far from your Word this day. May your Holy Spirit remind and elucidate truth of God’s Word to me throughout this day. I want to cherish your words. May it show in the way I think, talk and go about this day.  

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 13


Lunch Break Study

Read Galatians 6:6-8: Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. [7] Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Questions to Consider 

  1. The law of cause and effect is clearly seen in verse 7. How do we reconcile it with the Gospel of grace? 
  2. Why are we encouraged not to grow weary in doing good? 
  3. What is something that you are sowing now, during this particular season?  

Notes 

  1. The ultimate consequence of sin-death—is removed by the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ. But the effects of sin can have visible and immediate ramifications. 
  2. In due season, we will reap from our good works. 
  3. We can either sow seeds that lead to good or bad fruit. Consider perhaps an “innocent sin” that you are toying with. Or perhaps, you should be encouraged that the good work that goes unnoticed today will reap a great reward. 

 


Evening Reflection

Like the birds of the air avoiding the power lines, which of the above “Red Flags” do you need to see? Pick one and spend time in prayer right now asking God for the wisdom to avoid it.

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