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Free of Favoritism

Preferential treatment of one above another is not a part of God’s creation; all are unique yet treated the same. He gifts us differently and recognizes our individuality but does not prefer one above another. James speaks to this with the statement, “don’t show favoritism.” (James 2:1) It is good to see that in God’s Temple service whether as a priest or as a worship leader all of those in their specific division of the Levites were randomly chosen by lot as to when they would serve. There were no bribes for special weeks; no one was given special treatment. The selfishness of sin did not enter into any choice. God is no respecter of persons. Note these statements, “The families of the oldest brother were treated the same as those of the youngest.” (1Chronicles 24:31) “Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.” (1Chronicles 25:8) How does favoritism play out in your relationship with family members and work associates? Do you have a tendency to pref…

Obtaining Patience

Does patience feel difficult to achieve in your life? Instead, does anger blurt out and spoil your days? There is a sure way to obtain patience and Solomon explains. "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense." (Proverbs 19:11) Obtaining wisdom, which is knowledge and experience put to use at just the right moment, is the sure path to patience. When an offence comes, a quick reaction to it will only bring more strife but if you have learned to step back, give yourself time to think, and surveyed your history of experience, you can act in wisdom and patience will be its byproduct. What do you need to know and what do you already know from your experiences that could be used at the right moment to produce wisdom in a present decision concerning an offence? A wise choice will exhibit patience and that will lead both parties to a better end.

God Only

Is there any difference between the God of Israel and the gods of other nations. David when responding to a promise about his heritage made by God through the prophet Nathan said, "There is no one like you, O Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears." (1 Chronicles 17:20) An illustration from Israel's history during a war with the Philistines explains the second declaration, "there is no God but you." Saul in waring with the Philistines brought the Ark of the Covenant into battle in 1 Samuel 4:3. He did this because he thought it would encourage his men and discourage the Philistines. But his plan backfired as they [the Philistines] fought even harder and did defeat Israel. Their "bounty" was to take the Ark back to Ashdod, one of their five leading cities, and place it in the Hall of Dagon their god. The next morning, Dagon was fallen forward on his face. They lifted him up and continue to worship him. The following morn…

Lying

There is a "strategy" carried out by many persons, some in politics, some in business and some in families, to lie until you get caught and then to lie your way out of it. It is a course that weaves and bobs its way along, covering up the truth with an abundance of lies. Close to it is the second strategy to blame another for whatever it is that you are doing; to turn the focus on them rather than you. In fact, often what they say about others is exactly what they are doing themselves. It is proving your innocence by falsely accusing another. Here is the catch-22. When lying over and over and over it becomes difficult to keep up with all your tales. You leave strands that cannot be explained and actions which become suspect. Solomon said that "a false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free." (Proverbs 19:5) In other words, lying and falsely accusing others catches up with you; you are caught in your own personal web. This should…