Proverbs 16:27-28 “An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.”
We are often very good at identifying evil in others. So much so, that we can utterly miss the opportunity for God to use us to give them the cure.
The rise of the internet, talk radio, mass media, and social networking, has led to our minds becoming bombarded with all the evil that goes on in the world. Tell me, when was the last time your mind was bombarded with good?
Some may say the sermon last Sunday. If that is true, do you remember what the title was? What was one truth that God spoke to your heart about? How did that truth impact your life and, what are you doing differently now that you didn’t do previously?
Others may say that they read their Bible just yesterday. Same questions apply.
I’d say, many of us are hard-pressed to come up with an answer to any of those questions. And if you can answer in the affirmative, you are in the minority.
The dearth of Christianity today stems from the fact that we are no longer a Bible reading, Bible meditating, Bible memorizing people. Many read but cannot retain the truth they just read because the next level of Candy Crush awaits them. Our ability to focus on any one thing for longer than seven minutes is impressive.
Why seven minutes? That used to be the time between commercials of our favorite television program. Now we binge watch Netflix and wonder why we don’t have time for our ministry, our homes, our children or our spouses.
Go into any restaurant today and look at the couples. It is becoming more and more rare to find them talking; face to face; engaged in what the other is sharing. More often, they have their noses in their phones, sending each other memes and surfing social media.
Now, before I become what it is I am writing about, let me share this.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
When our lives are committed to the One to whom it belongs, we can follow His prescription for how to think, how to act, what to say, where to go, and what to watch. What we think turns into who it is we will become.
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
What we hear people say is the overflow of what is in abundance in the heart of the one speaking.
Today, I will take with me the thoughts of what God impressed upon me as I read Proverbs 16 – what my daily reading through the Bible schedule prescribed.
Do not dwell upon the evil of others – we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Find that one who listens to the Good News and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Take the time to minister grace to those around you today. In so doing, you will find that the joy, peace, love, and happiness for which you were searching was there in the work God had for you today.