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WHAT'S YOUR GOOD WORD?

In Proverbs 12:25 we read, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”  Where can we find a good word?  If I only focus internally and look inside to my own strength and wisdom I will eventually find only depression and frustration.  But when I turn to what God has said in His word I can find a “good word” that will lift my heart even on the darkest of days.  Take Joshua 1 for example.  Moses has just died and we have every inclination from the text to believe that Joshua is afraid (Josh 1:9).  Notice the word from the Lord that lifts his heart: “Moses my servant is dead…just as I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous…”  The present situation is acknowledged, a “good word” given and then a command is issued to press forward.  Take hold of this promise today or find another in God’s word that dispels your anxiety and brings a good word to your heart.

 

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ARE OUR VALUES GOD'S?

Today’s One Year Bible reading in Luke 13 includes the account of Jesus’ miraculous, instantanenous healing of a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit for 18 years. In it, Jesus clearly displayed both His power and His compassion. The woman’s joyful response was immediate: she praised God!

But there was a problem, in the eyes of the local religious leader: the healing had taken place on the Sabbath. Jesus had “worked” in violation of their religious law. The leader upbraided not only the woman, but also the crowd that was present: “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

Jesus immediately took him to task, pointing out that even on the Sabbath, he also “worked” by untying his ox or donkey from its stall and leading it out to give it water. Why wouldn’t it also be right to release this woman from her captivity on the Sabbath?

Women were considered “property” that men could own, in much the same way they would own domestic animals. By that logic then, the crippled woman would be just as worthy of release on the Sabbath as an ox or donkey.

Jesus really valued women, so He took it a step further: He called the woman a “daughter of Abraham.” Jewish men took great pride in considering themselves “sons of Abraham”—and so they were. But Jesus reminded this religious leader that this woman was as much a child of Abraham as he was. She wasn’t just “property” to be owned!

Jesus always acted in accordance with God’s values. When they were in conflict with man’s values, God’s values won out.

How about us? Do we do the same?

We need first to know what God’s values are. That comes from His Word and from Bible-based instruction. Then we need to examine our own values, asking the Holy Spirit to point out any areas where they’re different than God’s, and make the necessary changes. May God give us the courage to do so.

                                                

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