I’m not going to talk about what you should do when the plate is passed. Rather, I want to talk about what you might do before and after that time.
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
Do you care? Enough “to show hospitality to strangers,” as Hebrews 13:2 puts it? It also says that in doing so, we occasionally “entertain angels without knowing it.”
Conceived in the mind by ignorance, superstition cultivates insecurity and sends a legion of structural cracks through our character. It feeds on exaggerated, self-made lies, which grow so thick that the boughs hide common sense—and worse, God.
Before giving lust a firm shove away from your life, have Christ inform this intruder that the permanent peace and pleasure you are enjoying in your home with Christ are so much greater than lust’s temporary excitement that you don’t need it around any longer to keep you happy.
How do you handle such an aggressive intruder? Try this: when lust suggests a rendezvous, send Jesus Christ as your representative.
Cloudless days are fine, but remember: some pottery gets pretty fragile setting in the sun day after day after day.
Job could write about wounds. His words were more than patronizing platitudes and armchair proverbs. He’d been there and back again. He could describe intense inner suffering in the first person because of his own sea of pain.
Some people are always running late. Yes, always. Punctuality is simply a time-management matter. Some folks feverishly work right up to the deadline on every assignment or project they undertake. The job usually gets done...but the hassle, anxiety, and last-minute panic steal the fun out of the whole thing.
Today, we’d say it like this: “Hey, wake up. Get with it, man!” The easiest thing in the world is to drift through life in a vague, thoughtless manner. God says there’s a better way. He tells us to take time by the throat, give it a good shake, and declare: “That’s it! I’m gonna manage you—no longer will you manage me!”
A Christian without discernment is like a submarine in a harbour plowing full speed ahead without radar or periscope. Or a loaded 747 trying to land in dense fog without instruments or radio.