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.
Jeremiah 46:28 – “Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God is gracious to us, even when we are disciplined. The ungodly around us (“nations”) He may completely destroy because of their refusal to accept His Son. But we are His children. He will correct us when necessary.
My Advice – Accept the Lord’s discipline, whenever it comes, as a privilege of being a child of God.
Psalms 89:32, 33 – “I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take My love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Just as certain (“I will”) that God will deal with our unrepentant sin and continued unfaithfulness is the certainty (also “I will”) that He will not stop loving us or being faithful to us.
My Advice – Never mistake God’s discipline and correction for a lack of love and faithfulness on His part. Rather, the very fact that He does correct us and discipline is evidence of how great His love and faithfulness really are.