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A daily bite of wisdom from the Book of Proverbs.  

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

--Proverbs 20:22 (KJV)  

Today, with the Word

In God’s Time


Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. Psalm 1:5 (KJV)


Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalm 1:5 (NASB77)


Sometimes I tire of the mixed company we have to endure on this earth.  I don’t mean anything racially or sexually.  I just get fed up with people, especially rebellious and self-proclaimed Christians, and non-Christians, trying to impose their anti-Christ propaganda on Bible-believing Christians.  


I guess there are many who say the same thing about me.


God’s Word promises we will be separated, at the judgment, from sinners.  Read Psalm 1, especially Verse 5.   Those who are righteous will stand because they honor God by their attitudes and actions.  This will include those who aim in living for Christ was to bring salvation’s blessings in all facets to others lives – embracing social, political economic, religious and intellectual interests.


Evil is that which results when Satan successfully tempts people to exploit others for their own gain or pleasure. Unlimited are the opportunities to do this.  We see this malignant society unveil wickedness from many quarters – political, business, social media, drugs, addictions of all types, marriage and, yes, in the church.  Men and women who have gained the power to influence others -- by vote, wealth, fame, stealth, lies, even professed love – seem determined to drag good people down to their levels of decadence by whatever means they can find.


There is no limit to the imaginative works of a desperate devil.  His most-destructive attacks come from within the faith community.  His soldiers gain high positions of leadership in the Church, impugn the integrity of The Bible and lay claim to hearing from God “a new thing.”  If you hear something like that, run for Hell is nipping at the heels of your souls.


The Bible, it’s argued, needs to be reinterpreted for the modern world.  That’s Satan talk, not God speaking.  God seeks to make lives new through the blood, death and resurrection of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  That’s the old gospel. The reason for such vigorous opposition to biblical authority is that either the old gospel is a lie or the new gospel is a lie.


You decide. Isaiah was, I suppose, was a proponent of the authority of the “old gospel.”  He declared in the book bearing his name: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (NASB77)


Man’s law may recognize the equality of homosexuality, the church (mainline denominations especially) might declare it is just another expression of God’s creation; but, folks, I don’t want to come off sounding “holier than thou,” but every version of God’s Word I own says it is an abomination unto God and those who do such things shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.


Paul said (Romans 1:16 (NASB77)) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  It appears to me, however, that many in church leadership either are “ashamed” of God’s gospel or don’t believe The Bible because it doesn’t say what they want it to say.  Another, possibility exists.  They may be afraid to stand for truth out of fear of losing followers or being censured for not being politically correct.


So, in truth, they protect their own well being among men and endanger thousands of others to hell’s fire by their episcopal lies.


Is it appropriate to join the chorus of the martyrs of Revelation 6:10: “ . . . and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’”  (NASB77)


This cry is one for justice for those, while in the world, that stood for truth even unto death.  They ask not for revenge so much as they appeal that God carry out his righteous judgment against sin.


God’s reply is, “Wait.”  Two words are operative here: “Patient faith.”  Recall Peter’s teaching, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9 (NASB77))


God doesn’t keep a calendar nor wear a watch.  Rather, his concern is rescuing his children from the devil.  As a man, I guess I am impatient to see God act.  Thus, the declaration of Psalm 1:5 reminds me that evil will not prevail and those who hate God will be judged.  The righteous, too, shall be measured, we had better remember.


Amen?  So may it be.  But, in God’s time.  Not mine.


What to us seems so evil and unfair

To you, O God, is but grace given.

We cry for justice: ‘Sinner beware!’

You, in love, seek the lost for living.


Don Meadows

2/2/2017


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“Our Father. . .”


Choices –Always Choices!

Constantly I am forced to decide, Lord:  My way, or with you abide?

Moment by moment I have to choose.  Why must it be?  Why must I decide over and over, all the time.  

But I know this:  You still are working on me.

So is the evil one.  He appeals to my humanity: Temper, pride, self-focused desires and loyalties.  He knows my strengths and, especially, my weaknesses.

Shall I never be rid of him or safe, even from myself? Yes!  Yes, I will, but only when I am wholly surrendered to you!  Then there will be no temptations to abandon thee for my own pleasures.  

I long for that day, Lord, aware that the totality of surrender is possible only when my presence with you is by sight and not faith.  Still, I ask for longer earthly life so I may enjoy my families and friends and, hopefully, influence their getting ready.

Sleet is falling at this very moment.  The air is cold and my room is warm and recliner comfortable.

This shall last but awhile, I know, Lord.  New miseries will come. New joys and comforts I shall realize, new thoughts – about life here and about what life will be there.

You, my God and Savior, will never change.  Your love will never cease.  You never will be not here..  You will strengthen me enough to deal will this life’s challenges and celebrate all joys.

Because I trust your Word, I am learning, as Paul learned (Philippians 4: 11b), to be content whatever my circumstances.

Don’t give up on me, Dear Lord, for I ask these blessings in the name and by the power of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Don Meadows

3/17/17


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The Choice is Yours

Really, You Decide

No power on earth or under earth can make a man do wrong without his consent.

It is not a question as to who is right but what is right.

It is never too early to decide for Christ, but the time will come when it will be too late.

He who provides for this life but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever.

It is better to do good than just talk about it.

It seems that more people today have a greater desire to live long than they do to live well.

The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping-stone is what you make of it.

An executive is a guy who can take as long as he wants to make a snap decision.  

-- Croft M. Pentz, The Complete Book of Zingers (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1990).

Choose Life or You Choose Death

Two paraplegics were in the news recently. One was Kenneth Wright, a high school football star and later, an avid wrestler, boxer, hunter, and skin diver. A broken neck sustained in a wrestling match in 1979 left him paralyzed from the chest down. He underwent therapy, and his doctors were hopeful that one day he would be able to walk with the help of braces and crutches. But, apparently, the former athlete could not reconcile himself to his physical disability. He prevailed upon two of his best friends to take him in his wheelchair to a wooded area, where they left him alone with a twelve-gauge shotgun. After they left, he held the shotgun to his abdomen and pulled the trigger. Kenneth Wright, twenty-four, committed suicide.

The second paraplegic in the news was Jim McGowan. Thirty years ago, at the age of nineteen, Jim was stabbed and left paralyzed from the middle of his chest down. He is now confined to a wheelchair. But he made the news recently when he made a successful parachute jump, landing on his target in the middle of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos. Newspeople learned a number of things about Jim. He lives alone, cooks his meals, washes his clothes, and cleans his house. He drives himself in his specially equipped automobile. He has written three books, and he did the photography for our country's first book on the history of wheelchair sports.

   Two men with handicaps: one chose life and the other one didn't. As Robert Frost wrote: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one less traveled by--and that has made all the difference."  -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House


Take The Eternal Step

For a little reward men make a long journey; for eternal life many will scarce lift a foot once from the ground. -- Thomas a Kempis in The Imitation of Christ. Christianity Today, Vol. 39, no. 12. (See: Mt 13:44; 16:26; Lk 18:28-30; Jn 3:36.)


Choose the better Way

  Choose to love-rather than hate

   Choose to smile-rather than frown

   Choose to build-rather than destroy

   Choose to persevere-rather than quit

   Choose to praise-rather than gossip

   Choose to heal-rather than wound

   Choose to give-rather than grasp

   Choose to act-rather than delay

   Choose to forgive-rather than curse

   Choose to pray-rather than despair.

          --Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entries 1137-1138.


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