🌻Tuesday, September 1st, 2020🌻
Hello my friends—- Happy September! Wishing you all health & happiness!
The Bible verse above was part of my devotion for today. It made me think of two narratives, the first is our our ability to choose to rise after we have fallen. The second, and the most important is God love for us has absolutely nothing to do with our abilities. The Bible, especially the Book of Proverbs gives us multiple verses on how we should live our lives. It provides many basic “common sense” statements and stories. In fact, Merriam-Webster defines “Proverbs” as a collection of moral sayings and counsels forming a book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scriptures.
This is spoken, not so much by way of counsel to wicked men (they will not receive instruction, Prov. 23:9), but rather in defiance of them, for the encouragement of good people that are threatened by them. See here, 1. The designs of the wicked against the righteous, and the success they promise themselves in those designs. The plot is laid deeply: They lay wait against the dwelling of the righteous, thinking to charge some iniquity upon it, or compass dome design against it; they lie in wait at the door, to catch him when he stirs out, as David’s persecutors, Ps. 59:1 title. The hope is raised high; they doubt not but to spoil his dwelling-placebecause he is weak and cannot support it, because his condition is low and distressed, and he is almost down already. All this is a fruit of the old enmity in the seed of the serpent against the seed of the woman. The blood-thirsty hate the upright. 2. The folly and frustration of these designs (1.) The righteous man, whose ruin was expected, recovers himself. He falls seven times into trouble, but, by the blessing of God upon his wisdom and integrity, he rises again, sees through his troubles and sees better times after them. The just man falls, sometimes falls seven times perhaps, into sin, sins of infirmity, through the surprise of temptation; but he rises again by repentance, finds mercy with God, and regains his peace. (2.) The wicked man, who expected to see his ruin and to help it forward, is undone. He falls into mischief; his sins and his troubles are his utter destruction.
“Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.”
“The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.”
“I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.”
“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When people fall, do they not get up again? If they go astray, do they not turn back?”
*The Value of a Friend*
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Remember, God loves you!! He will never leave you!! His mercies are new every morning. I know that life is difficult these days due to COVID-19 and social unrest, remember God is our firm foundation. Please know that you are loved and that you make a difference in the world. 😉
Go in peace my dear friends! 💛🌻🔆
Until next time…💙🙏🏻😊
Be good to yourself! 🎉💤💫🌈✨
Be kind to one another! 💐🌼🌷🌻🌸
Share LOVE! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎💝💖
Please practice healthy social distancing along with good health and hygiene habits! May God’s Blessings be abundant to you today! Amen.
ειρήνη– “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.