Stands On Its Own

Stands On Its Own

Ezekiel 33:10-12

“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.

Every time I read through the Bible, the more I realize it comes down to personal responsibility.  Each of us is responsible for our lives.  Circumstances vary, forces outside of our control can act upon us, but how we react or how proactive we are is what makes us who we are. Continue reading

Stands On Its Own

Stands On Its Own

Ezekiel 33:10-12

“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.

Every time I read through the Bible, the more I realize it comes down to personal responsibility.  Each of us is responsible for our lives.  Circumstances vary, forces outside of our control can act upon us, but how we react or how proactive we are is what makes us who we are. Continue reading

Children Whose Heart Is Set To Evil

Children Whose Heart Is Set To Evil

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

We have all asked the question how do such evil people get away with doing such evil things and yet here I am toiling away doing it the right way and getting nowhere?

In Ecclesiastes 8:11 King Solomon is addressing that question because just as today, people had the same thoughts in ancient times.  To quote Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Continue reading

The Trap Of Arrogance

The Trap Of Arrogance

Psalm 73:1-3

Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses.  As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading

How The Wicked Prosper

How The Wicked Prosper

Psalm 10:1

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

I read this verse and it reminded me of the book that precedes Psalm.  I have written a number of posts about this book and that is the Book of Job.

In this Psalm, David has the same complaints as Job.  David is wondering where the Lord is in his times of trouble.  David is asking some of the same questions that Job had asked centuries before.  And David is asking the same questions we all ask when something terrible happens in our lives.  We ask, “How God could let this happen?”

David wonders how the wicked can say there is no God and yet continue to prosper in their ways. Continue reading

Depart From Us

Depart From Us

Job 21:14-15

They say to God, ‘Depart from us!

We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.

What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’

The verses above are from the Book of Job, and if you read the Book of Job you’ll know that these verses are part of a back and forth conversation between Job and his three friend.  Later I’ll have some more posts about the entire story of Job.  Each time I read the story I discover a deeper meaning, but for now I just want to focus on these two verses.

Job’s one friend, Bildad, has told Job he must have done something very wicked and evil.  Why else would these horrible, catastrophic things have happened to Job?  Job’s rebuttal is the wicked may not always be punished, at least not during their time on earth.  Now in a later post I’ll get more into this facet of the story of Job as well, since this is the basic theme of conversation between Job and his three friends. Continue reading

Never Correct A Scoffer

Never Correct A Scoffer

Proverbs 9:7-12

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Sound advice for all of us. Continue reading