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TWO MEN WHO SUFFERED

Both the text in Acts and Psalms today speak of people who are down and out.  The psalmist asks us to remember David's suffering and having just read through 1st and 2nd Samuel, that's not that hard.  And then in Acts, Paul finds himself newly converted to The Way but nobody wants anything to do with him because they're still scared.  My wife and I were discussing David's many moral failures and how could he be someone after God's own heart while so frequently and spectacularly screwing up.  I think it comes down to one, he always realized his mistakes and came back to God with a penitent heart and two, he never turned after other gods the way Solomon and other Israelite kings did. 

Similarly, Paul probably found himself suffering as well.  He alienated all his friends from before by doing a complete 180 on how he felt about what he was previously calling a heretical sect.  And all the people who should have been his new friends were terrified of him because he had just been trying to kill and imprison them.  To top it all off, the Hellenists were looking to kill him!  But much like David, Paul never turned from God.  He trusted in God's plan and continued to pursue Christ no matter what the cost to himself was. 

When I suffer, Lord, may I have the grace to suffer as well as Paul and David and remain faithful to you and to your glory!

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WHO YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT?!

It fascinates me how often our One Year Bible reading deals with similar topics. Today’s reading in Proverbs (17:5) reads, “He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker....”  The New Testament reading deals with Saul’s conversion as the Lord met him on the road to Damascus. Part of the Lord’s confrontation of Saul in Acts (9:4) contains these words, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”  Yet, in verse 13 Ananias says, “I have heard...how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem...”

We are His creation and He owns us all - believers, unbelievers and all of creation. And He can choose to do whatever He wills with His creations. Additionally, if we are believers, we carry His name and are uniquely related to Him through his Son, our Lord Jesus.  When the Enemy touches God’s children, he touches God. And when you speak against His creation or against one of His children, you speak against God. 

What do your words reveal about what you think of our Creator God?  Do they reveal that you believe Him to be a good Creator and Provider? When you speak of one of His children, do your words demonstrate your respect for his/her Father?  Or does your conversation give evidence of a hard, rebellious heart that believes you are higher and wiser than our Sovereign God?  Lord, help me guard my mouth and cause my words to honor you by respecting all you have created and the children You sent Jesus to redeem.

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