Thursday, 10 April 2014

TFTD - 10 April 2014 - Thoughts from Today's Bible Readings

Proverbs 20v12:
"The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them"

The LORD has made our ears and eyes, but it is up to us how we use them:

"If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.....TAKE HEED WHAT YE HEAR: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given" (Mar 4:23)

"The LIGHT OF THE BODY IS THE EYE: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness" (Lu 11:34)

When speaking of the EARS and the EYES, we are reminded of the wonderful promise of the Kingdom, that has been revealed to us:
"it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. BUT God HATH REVEALED them unto US by his Spirit" (1 Cor 2:9-10)

10 April 2014

Numbers 28
Proverbs 20
John 1

"PURE AND UPRIGHT"

We read in Proverbs that "even a child makes himself known by his acts" [Proverbs 20:11], it then says, "whether his conduct is pure and upright." It is saying that what we actually do ­ proves what we really are far more than by what we say. It is also said that we teach by example, more than words, thus verse 7 tells us, "The righteous walks in his integrity ­ blessed are his children after him". [Proverbs 20:7] They have been taught by example and often children are more transparent in their actions than adults.

Another interesting proverb is "The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out" [Proverbs 20:5] It causes us to ask ­ do we fully consider our purpose in doing something? If we really are a person who considers our ways, thinking carefully about all our intentions, then we will "draw it out" ­ like one drawing water from a well ­ and this takes time and effort.

Of course when the Bible uses the word 'man' it usually means all human beings, unless the context makes it clear it means a male. It draws no distinction between boys or girls, "even a child" obviously means both!

Finally, verse 6 is very interesting, ponder what it means. "Many a man (person) proclaims his (or her) own steadfast love, but a faithful man (person) who can find?" [Proverbs 20:6] It is telling us that what we say, what we declare to be our motives, is in many cases, not entirely correct; although it is not a real lie, because there is an element of truth in it. How often do we say things "with reservation?" I have known statements to be made, and agreement to be requested on them "without reservation."This is sad, it means we are acknowledging that so often we say things, not fully meaning them. This should not be so among those whose aim is to become children of God (read Romans 8:17) Do fully faithful, truthful people exist?

"Even a child" ­ if we start when we are children trying to do this, there is a better chance of us being found to be that kind of person when we are grown up.
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- DC


Thought for the Day

10 April 2014

"The supremacy of God means the well-being of men. There can be no peace on earth till there is glory to God in the highest. The highest well-being of man is in the holiest service of God. This is the case even now: how much more evident will it be when godly men are men made immortal? God is the fountain of all power, life and faculty. He exists of Himself and by Himself from eternity."

- Robert Roberts
Exhort One Another