1 Corinthians 1:8 – He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We rely on our own strength too much to combat temptation. We are not strong enough in our own strength, but more than strong enough if we rely on God’s strength.
My Advice – Do not think that you are too weak to resist temptation, too weak to be obedient. God will keep you strong if you ask Him too.
Romans 8:28– And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This verse does not say that all things will be good for God’s children (the “called” who love Him). It is certain that they will not. But it is also certain that “in” all things God “will” work for our good. God turns adversity into advantage.
My Advice – When you are going through a rough patch, don’t let it get you down by focusing on the trouble. Instead, start looking for the good things that God is working out for you through the trouble, it will give you a lift.
2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)
“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster
My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly. It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.
My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.
Nahum 2:13 – “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – How comforting it is to say “if God is for us, who can be against us?” How fearful to be involved in something that God might be against.
My Advice – In any endeavor, big or small, ask yourself if it is something that God would be for or against? This can help you avoid many difficulties in life.
Micah 6:11 – “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Scales and weights. They imply accuracy and precision. Just because they allow us to cheat and get away with it, does not make it right. Not getting caught is not the same as being right.
My Advice – Make sure you are honest, not only in your personal life, but also in your professional life. Your job will require persuasion, make sure you do it honestly and not deceptively.
Obadiah 1:3, 4 – “The pride of your heart has deceived you…you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Pride is a strong narcotic and can deceive us to such a point that we think we do not need God, or least to the point where we forget about Him. When this happens He may have to bring us down, to get us to look up.
My Advice – Never get so full of yourself that you need to be taken down a notch. Better to be humble so that He can rather lift you up.
Ezekiel 11:11, 12 – “I will execute judgment on you … and you will know that I am the Lord, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are constantly subjected to worldly standards that are contrary to God’s moral laws. We must be careful that our Godly standards are not worn down and eroded by the world’s standards.
My Advice – Do not conform to the standards of this world. You have been called to a higher standard. Bear the standard of God with pride. Conform your life to the image of His Son.