Saturday, April 21, 2012

Proverbs 26:27

"If you set a trap for others,
you will get caught in it yourself.
If you roll a boulder down on others,
it will crush you instead."

What we mete out on others returns to us. This verse describes that principle in the negative, as a warning. The converse is also true, and it is most likely the antidote: Do good to others, and it too will come back to you. What harm might you be inflicting on others, perhaps unintentionally? What good can you do, to get the momentum moving in the right direction?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Acts 1:14

"They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus."
In Mark 3:21, 31, we see Jesus' mother and brothers thinking that he is "out of his mind." They tried to talk to him, perhaps to talk some "sense" into him. But after Jesus' death and resurrection, his mother and brothers were in the upper room, now followers of Jesus. Though he did not let their misunderstanding of his mission hamper his ministry, he also did not neglect them. Their salvation was as much a priority as the world he came to save. Is the salvation of your own family a priority for you?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Psalm 119:165

"Those who love your instructions have great peace
and do not stumble."

Do you want great peace? Treasure God's instructions by meditating on them and following them. This verse promises that not only will you have peace, you will not stumble on your way. You will have the light of truth to keep you from tripping over obstacles in your path. You will see them clearly (having God's perspective), and you will know what to do about them (go around them, walk over them, move them, or run the other way).