DBRP- WEEK 1, Day 6, Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
Observations from today’s readings: Saturday, 6 Jan 18:
1. Genesis 11:1, 4, 6 – “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words…. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city…. let us make a name for ourselves’…. And the Lord said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.’” Without restraints in pursuit of godless objectives, mankind would have rapidly disintegrated into hell on earth. Therefore, God mercifully limited their abilities by confusing their language. Technology and globalization has become the new Tower of Babel, and there is quickly becoming no limit to the evil mankind can do.
— There are many rally cries for “unity” and for compromise for the sake of unity. However, unifying around the wrong thing only means destruction for everyone, and comprising the truth for the sake of unity only contributes to the demise of all. Some say our country is more divided now than it has been since the Civil War, and as a result, we cannot make ‘progress’. However, division may not be such a bad thing if it is keeping us from making progress in the wrong direction. Christians are salt and light in the midst of society, preserving order and lighting the way by refusing to compromise the truth and by showing people the only thing worth unifying around – Jesus! There is no real unity, no real peace apart from Jesus.
2. Genesis 11:31 – “Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.” Abram’s (Abraham’s father) Terah first inspired Abram to travel from Ur to the area of the Promised Land. Terah had a vision to go to the Promised land, but for some unmentioned reason, Terah didn’t make it all the way. His vision would be fulfilled through his son. God works through families over generations. Do you have a long-term vision for your family to bring glory to God on earth?
3. Genesis 12:1 – “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go… to the land that I will show you.” One of the ways of God revealed throughout the Bible is that God calls His servants to “Go” without showing them exactly where they are going. He knows His total plan for His servants, but He usually doesn’t completely reveal it to them. He will act the same way in your life. God expects His servants to walk in faith and total obedience. We always want to know exactly what God is doing in our lives, and when you think about it, our constant desire for answers is motivated by a lack of faith. Sometimes we are called to just go and see what God is going to do. And when God tells us to do something, it is quite often something we cannot do, because God intends to show us and the world what He can do, not what we can do. Again, it takes faith. The Bible says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Have faith.
4. Genesis 12:8 – “And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.” One of the signs God is working in someone’s life is their motivation to pray, worship, and glorify God. Abram’s response to God’s activity in his life was to build alters to the Lord and to call upon His Name more and more. This took time and effort away from Abram’s travels and work, but He was compelled to do it. Notice that along his way, Abram didn’t build alters to himself, and he wasn’t celebrating his accomplishments. He was proclaiming what God had done, leaving markers for his family that they would never forget.
5. Genesis 12:10 – “Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.” God gave Abram a vision of greatness and then immediately led Abram right into a terrible famine where Abram’s faith was tested. To accomplish God-given objectives, God will seek to build in you a godly character. Character is built through adversity and challenges. You must learn to be faithful through any and all circumstances.
6. Genesis 12:12-14 – When Abram focused on self rather than others and lost his confidence in the LORD, he sinned. Sin is conceived in self-centeredness, pride, and fear. Sin translates destructive motives into distractive actions.
7. Proverbs 6:1-11 — The Bible commands that you stay out of debt and to work hard for what you need rather than borrowing from others for what you need.
8. Proverbs 6:12-15 — God expects you to always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
9. Proverbs 6:16 — “There are six things that the Lord hates.” Do you know the six things the Lord hates? Don’t you think you should have those memorized if God hates them? Good News: You will get to review these six things every month this year.
10. Psalm 1:1, 2 – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Where do you go for advice? Who or what has the most influence on your daily decision-making? When you have to make a decision, even a seemingly small or insignificant decision, do you start you thinking with God’s word? Would you say that God’s word is so important to you that it is your “delight”?
11. Psalm 1:6 – “…for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Again, Proverbs 1 talks about the two paths people take: the path of eternal life and path eternal death. Everyone takes one of the two paths. Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:14) Are you willing to take the hard road to eternal life? Interestingly, Jesus described the way to life as “hard”, but Jesus also says, “I am the Way,” and “Come to me, all who labor and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28, 29) Seek to be so yoked to Jesus that the “hard” way may become “easy.”
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) — 6 Jan 18: Consider carefully today who/what is influencing you in life. Who or what are you listening to on a daily basis that is not godly or that isn’t from God. Resolve to not “sit in the seat of scoffers” by removing negative influences from your life, even those that ‘scoff’ in the name of righteousness. Remember that any teacher that doesn’t point to Jesus as the answer is a false teacher. For many, moralism has become a ‘noble’ substitute for the Gospel. Consider what ‘good ideas’ you have allowed to influence your thinking rather than the purity of God’s word. Consider where you have been drinking out of man-made cisterns rather than straight from the Living Water of Jesus. (Jeremiah 2:13) Resolve to fill your mind with Jesus Christ, seeking an ever-increasing relationship with Him. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” (Psalm 1:1)