Proverbs and Psalms Devotional
by Andrew Curtis
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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I had woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Work was stressful. No one had answered the drive-thru window at Long John Silvers on my lunch break, so I went to Subway in a very cranky mood. After ordering, I dropped my sandwich on the ground squashing it and dumping out part of my veggies. While walking to my car, the wind was blowing so hard it knocked the lid off my cup, spilling soda all over me! Then, when entering my car, I smashed my knee on the runner board getting in. By the time I got back to work I was fuming!
My day seemed hopeless. Relying on my own wisdom and knowledge had put me in a very dangerous place. I was not a symbol of God’s love to anyone.
Have you ever had a day like this? We all have. My mother brought me up with an undying passion for the Lord but I had veered from glorifying and honoring Him on several occasions. On this particular day, several of the verses I had read were popping into my head all at once.
Psalms 4:4 “ In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
Seemingly trivial things can get us into an uproar daily. We need to “rejoice in the Lord,” and know that He can see tomorrow and even past that. We only see what is happening now in the present and what has happened in the past.
We all have ideas and expectations of what the future may hold for us and what we want to happen. Only GOD can give us the strength and wisdom to hold Him close to our heart and know that all is well. Meaningless problems are the devil’s way of interrupting our walk with CHRIST. It becomes easier to dwell in self pity and hatred for the world, events or people if we let our guard down.
Proverbs 3:5 – 6 “ Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Everyone is guilty of sin, yet everyone is forgiven. We cannot be perfect. The only perfect one there ever was or ever will be died for our sins so that we don’t have to feel guilty for the problems we encounter and handle with bad temper or actions.
Things will never always go our way, nor will they go the way we plan. Rest easy, for He is in charge! He is in control! He suffers when we suffer. When we rejoice and praise Him, we not only do His will, we feel better emotionally, physically and mentally.
Our thoughts can ruin our perception of the world and what God is able to do through us and with us. If we are not fit spiritually, then we cannot be of help to ourselves or be able to carry the message to others! We must get over ourselves and our problems and see the big picture. God is that big picture. He can handle all of our problems! He’s the best accountant, counselor, doctor, friend and re-builder. He fixes everything we run into, as long as we let Him! His arms are always there for us to rest in. We just need to lay ourselves in those warm, outstretched arms and relax.
P.S. The rest of my day was incredible! A normal day, but when I raised my thoughts and negativity to the Lord; all of my trite problems seemed like dust!
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Andrew, I think I like this one even more than the first one I read. This was a real treasure and something that I'm sure the majority of readers (if we are being honest) will find easy to relate with. I particularly liked this wisdom, "If we are not fit spiritually, then we cannot be of help to ourselves or be able to carry the message to others! We must get over ourselves and our problems and see the big picture." That's the truth - no more pity parties for the children of God. Easy to say, not always easy to do - but you spoke the truth. Also, loved the post script. It rounded everything up just right. With love, Deb