"Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice." Proverbs 29:26
In this chapter of Solomon's book of wisdom, we gain great insight into the role of the righteous in the rise of justice. We learn that, "when the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan." (v.2) "A righteous man knows the rights of the poor," (v.7) and while complaints and contempt only burn down, the wise words of a righteous man build up the nation. (v. 8). Finally, where there is no one proclaiming and protecting the Word of God, "the people will perish." (v.18) The foundational truth is this, we will not see justice until we first see righteousness and we will not see righteousness until the righteous rise up. Do not look to a politician or a leader to bring justice, seek the Lord and pray for the righteous to rise up. #Bible#Devotional#Scripture#DailyBread#BVD#Jesus#QuietTime
-Big Picture. Daily Focus.-
"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.”-Jonathan Swift -Big Picture. Daily Choice.-
Vision is the world's most desperate need. There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.-Winifred E. Newman -Big Picture. Daily Challenge.-
So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.-2 Corinthians 4:18
I enjoy theme restaurants, sometimes parties, generally anything that transports you for a little to someplace else, even if just in your mind - an experience. On that note, it would be great if Bob Marley could sing this caption.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
/ 1 Corinthians 13
In yesterday's 2nd reading, Paul writes these words. He says that "our life is not our own". I think this could be interpreted two ways.
One might say that doesn't seem right. Why should we have to live for someone else? I want my own life! I don't want to live or die for anyone but myself!
But the important interpretation here is a sense of PEACE, PURPOSE and PROTECTION. In life, we were made to live for God's love. We are called to pursue it and share it with everyone we meet, under the protection of God's grace. And even in death, we are God's. We can find peace knowing that we may enter into His loving embrace.
So, then, we are able to live without fear. Knowing that, in life, God has made us with purpose as His children. And, in death, we come to fulfillment as we return to our Heavenly home.
"How do I hear the voice of God?" Do you feel like God has gone silent and you struggle to see Him in your life? (1 Sam. 3:1) Like young Samuel, we must learn to identify, listen and obey God's voice. When God first began to speak, Samuel "did not yet know the Lord." (v.7) Indeed, it is God who speaks first and reveals Himself to us in His timing. (v.7) Samuel was surrounded by religious activity, but it was in the quiet stillness of the night that God first spoke. (v.3-4) We also can be too religious and too busy in the bustle of church and city to hear the whisper of God's Word. When God does speak to us in His Word, it is easy to confuse God's voice for someone or something else. (v.8) When we approach God in His Word and in prayer with a humble heart and an earnest desire to hear and obey, God speaks most clearly. (v.10) Notice that in this simple phrase, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening," we see a confident faith that God DOES speak, a humble obedience as a servant of the Lord, and an active participation as a responsive listener. When we approach God's Word in prayer or in preaching with this attitude, God will reveal Himself and His will. He may say to you as He said to Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing..." (v.11) Commit today to begin every time with Him with the simple plea, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening." #Bible#Devotional#Scripture#DailyBread#BVD#Jesus#QuietTime
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
Proverbs 4:5-8 NIV
Life is short. What in your life will truly last? Your plans? Your portfolio? Your popularity? Your phone? When you consider how fleeting the things most people consume their lives with really are, it should drive your soul to ask, "Is there something more?" The wonderful news is that there is a way to live a life that will echo throughout eternity. God's Word is eternal (1 Peter 1:25 & Isaiah 40:8). God's love relationship with us endures forever (Psalm 136). Jesus' Kingdom will never be shaken (Hebrews 12:28). A life built on God's Word dedicated to growing in relationship with God, leading others into that relationship and building His Kingdom will be a life that lasts. #Bible#Devotional#Scripture#DailyBread#BVD#Jesus#QuietTime
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
John 14:21 NIV
This beautiful built-in would be in a landfill. Trust me I'm not a advocate for painting old wood pieces but this piece had been through it all. It took the talents of the @Kilmurraydevelopment team to restore this piece. New glass is still needed but check out the before and after. #brookevorisdesign
7 Keys to Christian Leadership:
In the leadership of King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:3-8), we discover 7 principles for successful Christian leadership. Utilize these truths when God gives you opportunity to lead:
1. Develop a plan with your key leaders. (V.3)
2. Gather the people to share the vision and begin the work. (V.4)
3. Lead by example through hard work. (V.5)
4. Identify and raise up new leaders. (V.6)
5. Equip leaders with the tools they need for victory. (V.5)
6. Encourage the leaders to be bold and brave by reminding them of the Lord's power and promises. (V.6-8)
7. Empower the leaders to carry the vision to the people. (V.8)
If a Christian leader follows and obeys the Lord in these ways, their words will instill confidence in the leaders and the leaders will instill confidence in the people. #Bible#Devotional#Scripture#DailyBread#BVD#Jesus#QuietTime#leadership#christianleadership