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Doing Right

A famous Christian leader said many times, "Do right till the stars fall!" He proclaimed the necessity of always acting justly, righteously, and fairly in every situation. The writer of Psalm 106 shares this challenge when he says, "Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right." (Psalm 106:3) Dr. Leupold, who was a professor of Old Testament exegesis, translated this Hebrew verse even more strongly as; "Blessed are they who practice justice, Every one that does righteousness at all times." To be blessed is to live a life that is godly. This life then is a joyous and happy thing, which is the real meaning of the word "blessed." It is accomplished only by practicing justice in your life daily and consistently so that there is no conscience that bothers. There is no past act when remembered that brings sorrow. There is only act after act of life that is honorable and just and right. This is a great challenge for us. It d…

God Remembers

Does God have lapses in His memory where he forgets what He has promised or remembers not the faithfulness of His people? No, He is not one who forgets but One who remembers. The Psalmist exclaimed, "For he remembered his holy promise give to his servant Abraham. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy." (Psalm 105:42) This is stated of the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt which God had promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:14, "But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions." Abraham received this promise of God around 2,000 B.C. and it was fulfilled in 1,440 B.C., 560 years later. That's a good memory. Hannah was the dearly loved second wife of Elkanah, however, she was not able to give birth to children. She prayed to God at Shiloh, "O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but g…

Noble Character

What does it mean to have noble character? It can best be defined by the actions of Ruth the Moabitess who it was said of by Boaz, "All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character." (Ruth 3:11) Ruth was the wife of Kilion son of Naomi. When both her father-in-law and husband died she clung to her mother-in-law Naomi and went back with her to Israel determined to live with her until she died. Ruth dedicated herself to the well-being of Naomi. She left her nation to live in Israel which was often an enemy of the Moabites. Nothing was promised to her by returning to Israel with Naomi. She moved in the direction of an uncertain future and was obedient to those who knew her new culture better than she did. She moved forward in her grief and was patient in her situation. Character is forged through circumstances. It is not gifted. Character sees the larger picture and is unselfish in life. Character acts in positive ways seeking to produce a better future tha…

Seek God

Life doesn't always play nice with us. Recently some good friends lost their twelve-year old son to a gun shot. It was unexpected and came after a search for the boy at night. The father found him in one of the places he used to frequent. Now his father, mother and his four siblings are faced with life without him. It would be difficult for any family to work through such a tragedy. In times like these when grief is overwhelming our hearts we can struggle with the goodness of God. We say, "Why would God allow this?" We seek to find reason with the few facts that we have and reason cannot always be found. There is a way to face whatever life puts in our path. That is to include God in all our thoughts at that time. The Psalmist remarked, "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always." (Psalm 105:4) Whether in the good or bad events of life we are not to leave God at the edge of our life but invite Him into the center. We are to run to Him and seek H…

Plan

The actions of a person are the result of their plan. Solomon said, "Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness." (Proverbs 14:22) Here we see that both persons are planning. It is interesting that the word "plot" is used for evil planning and the word "plan" is used for beneficial planning. As important as the working out of the plan is the emphasis here is on its initiation in the heart. Planning has its result, either causing you to go "astray" or causing you to find "love and faithfulness." Evil planning is devised out of an evil heart, one that is envious, malicious and selfish. Beneficial planning comes out of a heart that is bent on finding good, pursuing life and honor. What do you think about over and over? Is it to do evil to another or is it to develop, encourage and honor another? Your plans will come to whatever end they seek and will receive the consequences of their e…