Psalm 1 tells us that the man's delight is in the law of the Lord, of which he meditates day and night. The wicked will not stand in the judgment of the Lord - they are like chaff (worthless matter) that the wind blows away.
Psalm 2 tells us the all who take refuge in the Son are blessed. If you serve the Lord with fear, you will rejoice with trembling. Why do nations conspire and people plot in vain?
At issue in these readings is God's Word! Like strong and courageous trees, we too must develop roots. How, you ask? Easy. Absorb God's Word daily. Some days may be challenging to do this - but it is recommended that you get creative! These days, with so many DiY projects and things like Pinterest to fill our days, why not get creative with Scripture? If you're at a child's sporting event, memorize Bible verses on note cards you've created to keep in your purse (great idea!). Listen to the Bible on CD in the car during your daily commute to work or to meet up with friends. Or read Scripture on your lunch hour (genius - since that's what I'll be doing a lot!). It honestly does not take much time from our day to really focus and absorb what He is telling us.
Today's reading also included Myth #45:
"I Have to do Whatever My Company Asks"
This issue revolves around ethical dilemmas faced in today's society. But when faced with such an issue, there are basic questions to be answered:
- Is what you're being asked to do contradictory to Scripture or godly principles?
- Will you honor and obey God, your ultimate authority, or someone else?
- Would you rather suffer now for what's right, or suffer later for doing wrong?
- Will you find favor with God for whatever you're being asked to do?
Although we are to obey authority, it doesn't apply when we are asked to do anything that contradicts God's Word. Sometimes, we must go against an earthly authority to obey God and risk jobs, status, reputation, etc. We may have to suffer for what is right, even though others are asking us to compromise. Wouldn't you rather have God's blessings than the favor of others, who may turn on you at any moment?
Deep down, you know what's right...but are YOU willing to pay that price?
"But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God"
-1 Peter 2:20
As Martin Luther King, Jr says -
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
No matter how big or small the dilemma may seem, I must remember these four basic questions. At the time, the problem may seem complex and difficult, but when it comes down to the wire, the answer is quite simple. I'd also have to admit that today's readings were absolutely PERFECT and on-target with my life and where I am with beginning this new journey. The issue today was God's word and how important it is to absorb it daily - that's exactly what I'm doing! It feels great to dive into this and be reminded that although people may think less of you or deem you to be 'uncool' or 'pathetic' not to rebel and do something just because someone else thinks it's cool and the 'right' thing to do, in His eyes (that's what matters anyway!), you are being obedient and placing your trust in Him that you will be commended for your righteousness. I'd say today is a GREAT start!