Daily Devotion

November 23: The Prolongation by Wisdom Pt 2

Proverbs 3:1-2  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

The Psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psa 33:12). The principle of that verse is true for the nation as a whole, but it is also true for the individual. When we continue to walk in the ways of the Lord we can flourish and have the joy of the Lord. Even though our nation is off the rails and headed in the wrong direction we can still prosper and be blessed of the Lord.

Those who choose to be planted close to the Lord will not wither. You should delight in the Word of God and you ought to meditate therein day and night; when you do so the Lord has said that you will be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water (Psa 1). “Rivers” is plural because you have the water of His Word to hydrate you spiritually. There are also “rivers” of living water that will feed your soul from the pulpit, as well as those who will edify, encourage, enrich, and empower you to be better and to live better.

All that we have discussed about wisdom will prosper you and you will benefit and profit from its advantages if you will heed what you read. You can bear fruit in your life in the midst of struggles and difficulties if you will stay close to God. He has promised over and over the benefits of walking close to Him. When you strive to get closer to God He will move closer to you. Then you will grow spiritually and find your life fruitful, productive, and profitable.

But the greater benefits of all of this is the fact that not only will you prosper, but those who are close to you - your family and home, your relatives, your friends, and your acquaintances - will also benefit. God blesses you to bless others. Your blessings may help someone come to accept Christ as their Saviour. You will be yielded and filled with the Spirit having springs of living water flowing from you to edify, encourage, enrich, and empower others.

We look and see all that is wrong with our nation today and realize that America has a heart problem. They did not stay with God and rejected His Word. They have forgotten all the benefits, prosperity, and blessings that came from obeying His commands. Now America’s sin is finding her out. She cannot outrun the consequences any more.

When 9-11 took place the churches were full for about six months. Will it take something as horrific or something worse to get her attention again? Israel was repeatedly defeated and oppressed by enemies when they turned away from God. Do we really think that it cannot happen to America? God said, “… be sure your sin will find you out” (Num 32:23).

The same is true in your life; if you will heed God’s Word you will be blessed; if not, it is sin and your sin will find you out. You can look at two people of the same age; one who lives a wanton life of sin and one who lives for the Lord. The older they get one will age more rapidly than the other. It is the one who lives in sin because your sin will always show itself.

Those who live for the Lord in heartfelt obedience will have a greater quality of life with peace and happiness. Quality of life begets greater quantity of life. Wisdom will prolong life. It is His promise to those who will keep His commandments. Read it, heed it, do it and be blessed beyond measure. –Preacher

November 22: The Prolongation by Wisdom Pt 1

Proverbs 3:1-2  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

The problem that Israel had which caused them to keep turning to idolatry in the Old Testament was their forgetfulness. God blessed them and made a nation of them, yet they often forgot who made them so great. They repeatedly forgot all that God had done for them and that is what caused them to turn to pagan religions, gods, and rituals.

When they forgot the bounties of God He would punish and allow their enemies to bring them into servitude. Then God would show mercy and raise up a leader to deliver them and bring salvation. As long as they followed God they were blessed with silence from their enemies. In the book of Judges alone we see them repeatedly fall into the same routine of rebellion, retribution, repentance, restoration, and rest. Surely the Lord’s mercy endures forever.

America today has a serious problem. Just like Israel America has forgotten and abandoned the Lord who made her so great.  The arrogance of a people who would rebel against the one who made them the greatest superpower on the planet earth; America’s problem is a heart problem. Our country has deteriorated because not only has she forgotten God, her children today do not even know who God is.

Our deterioration has led us to the point of depravity. There are rampant drug and alcohol addictions and many are taken by the sin of lewd and lascivious behavior. Your name, a handshake, and a smile mean nothing anymore without a 20 page contract to back it up. Murder has become a commonplace thing in so many places. Mass murders are on the rise and all anybody can offer for solutions is to blame anybody and anything other than the person or persons who committed the crime. You cannot trust the media or the government to give you the whole truth anymore because they are clueless as to what is wrong.

What is wrong with America is that she has a problem with forgetfulness. There is so much that is wrong; so many are playing the blame game. The real problem with our nation is in the heart. We told God that we could do a better job of raising our kids without Him and His Word in our public classrooms. We forget that the schools were started by godly people in the church house. Many of our major universities and colleges that will not allow the Bible or Christ Jesus talked about on campus were started by Christians.

We told God that we could handle sin without His help or input into the life of a sinner. We have every kind of interdiction and rehab program that you can think of and yet they are full of people who are repeat patients. Whatever the addiction - sexual, drug, alcohol, eating disorder, etc. - there is a program. Not only do we have better programs, we have better drugs for all that ails you. Yes, even drugs for those who are trying to kick the drug addiction problem.

Our children today are killing each other in the streets and in the classrooms because as a nation we have forgotten God. We turned from Him to our own ways and forgot all that He did for us in the beginning. Now our children do not know God because we took them away from Him. We forgot the warnings in His Word; that He would not bless those who forgot Him and all His benefits. We have sown to the wind; we will reap the whirlwind.

Whatever you do, remember God’s commandments, promises, and blessings and give Him thanks. Be grateful that you are delivered from the penalty of sin, you are being delivered daily from its power, and you will be delivered from its presence. Thank God that even though our nation has forgotten Him, He will never forget you. -Preacher