1Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? 3Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. 4Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD. 6Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. “Psalms 4:1-8”
God has set apart those who are faithful, the righteous, and godly for himself. The Lord hears all our prayers.
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) When I ask God for help and try hard to do the right thing but fail, God sees my heart. He knows I want to love and serve Him.
Here’s a challenge.
If you are unable to read a Psalm each morning, try reading one before you go to bed. It’s a lot better to have God’s psalm on your mind as you are dozing off, then a Twilight Zone movie.
Genesis 19:1-3 Lot stood out from his neighbors and the inhabitants of Sodom. In the evening Lot sat apart from the others in the gate of Sodom, not participating in the sins of the city. He was hospitable and generous to entertain strangers in his house and give them his best accommodations.
Genesis 19:4-11 The word Sodom today has endured throughout the centuries. It often represents homosexuality and sexual sins which are perverse to God. All sins are evil in the God’s sight, so why did He destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?
Why would Lot offer his own two daughters who had never slept with a man to the vile predators who threatened Lot’s family? Shouldn’t a father defend his children? Would a loving and caring father ever do this?
There are numerous theories as to why. Maybe Lot hoped his daughters’ fiancés’ would rescue them. Did Lot think the homosexual men would reject his daughters? Did Lot prefer to protect the angels so Lot could escape God’s wrath? Was it only a suggestion to distract the evil men from taking the angels?
What if Lot’s daughter’s had already sinned with other men or women? Later they did get their father drunk and sleep with him. Any daughter who would do that could do…?
In those days it was the custom that a man had to protect all visitors in his home, even if it meant great sacrifice.
The angels rescued Lot by pulling him inside the house. Then the angels hit those wicked sinners with blindness. Even after they were blind the evil men beat on the door to enter that house.
There are numerous questions and theories over why Lot would suggest such an awful thing, but no one really knows, except God.
God is the only one who knows what’s in your heart. Ask forgiveness for your sins and ask God to cleanse your hearts from all unrighteousness.
New Year’s Day was quiet. The dinner and activities of the holidays had ended, so I thought it would be a good time to put away the Christmas tree and decorations. Normally I would be at the library but it was closed and I had nothing else to do.
As I was putting away the decorations, my mind was filled with all the putting away or putting off verses in the Bible. There are 42.
“I should put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” (Ephesians 4:31)
“Holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” (1 Timothy 1:19)
This last thought sounds like some people had put away their faith and were now ruined or wrecked.
As 2019 begins I think a lot of putting away. Put away the sins and faults that you made in 2018. Leave them behind like you are leaving behind 2018, never to be seen, felt, or lived again. They’re gone, just like your sins are gone when you ask forgiveness.
Put away the past, the failures, and mistakes and go forward in the New Year putting on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR