Life Lessons

Proverbs 5:21 ~ For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He watches all his paths.

God is constantly watching over us, noting our decisions, pondering our plans, observing our behavior - not primarily for judgment, but for blessing. He knows exactly what we need and so He invites us to ask Him for His counsel.

God sees and knows all!

Matthew 20:15 ~ "Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?"

The Lord can and does distribute His gifts and His goodness as He will. By definition, grace cannot be earned or deserved, so God is completely free to parcel out His favor however He choose.

Be glad for others whom the LORD blesses!

Matthew 5:6 ~ "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."

To hunger and thirst for righteousness ultimately means that one hungers and thirsts for God. And those who long for the Lord—the true King of kings, not a false deity of their own imagination—will find Him and be filled to overflowing with joy, peace, happiness, and true contentment.

Matthew 5:13 ~ "You are the salt of the earth."

Jesus wants us to take our role as salt seriously—both as a preservative and a seasoning. Through us, the lost are to be drawn to the Lord—preserved for eternal life. They also "taste and see that the LORD is good" (Ps. 34:8) and see that following Him is life at its very best.

2 Samuel 3:1 ~ "David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually."

God had given the kingdom to David, but it took a long time for him to finally bring the nation together under his rule. Yet what God promises, He deliverseven if it takes longer than we expect. 

2 Samuel 4:8 ~ "Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron."

David was not impressed by spiritual words when he saw evil deeds. As a man after God's own heart, he could not delight in wickedness, even if it appeared to benefit him.

2 Samuel 4:9 ~ "As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress."

The Lord loves to redeem our lives from distress. 
David realized that only God could free him from adversity. 

Psalm 62:12 ~ "For You recompense a man according to his work."

Salvation is a gift; rewards are earned. 

While every true Christian has a home in heaven, 
not all will receive rewards for faithful service. 
Some will "suffer loss," yet "will be saved, yet so as through fire" (1 Cor. 3:15). 

We will be judged according to the truth we know about the Lord, 
the occasions we had to share it, 
and how we glorified Him in those circumstances.

John 4:34 ~ "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work."

Jesus lived to do the will of His Father. 
He wanted nothing more than to hear God's voice and please Him by depending on His Spirit to do exactly what He commanded.

John 4:42 ~ "This One is indeed the Savior of the world."

Each of us has to make the faith our own. 
Our faith in the truth and power of the gospel must be deeply personal, genuine, and an authentic expression of our hearts (Romans 10:9).