Luke 10: 41-42
Daily Bible reading is an act of worship that God cherishes. We pull aside, make time, sit quietly and read. This speaks volumes to God saying, “Here I am. Teach me. I want to get to know you better. I want to hear what You have to say to me. I want to change and adjust myself to Your way.”
Sister Mary in the Gospels unplugged herself from the preparations and sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the words of her Teacher. She was later commended for her good choice.
Many years of daily Bible reading is a sound investment of our time. The payoff is the wisdom that we gain from having a biblical perspective. In later years, our own hearts will commend us and we will know with deep satisfaction that we chose the one thing that can never be taken away.
Today I have been reflecting on pain. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Pain? Who wants to think about pain?” Pain is not the best thing to think about but if you really think about it, all of us will experience it at one time or another in our lives; probably more often then we want too.
Sometimes we will go through painful experiences that cause a lifetime of painful reflection while other times we will experience pain that causes us to change and, in the long run, actually be thankful for the experience.
At this moment that I’m writing this I am experiencing emotional pain. But I reflected and thought to myself, “This is nothing compared to the pain others have experienced.” I have not had any major losses in my life; I’ve not lost a child or a parent nor my husband to death. I have not been hurt permanently nor left abandoned. Although, I know that some day I will experience that type of pain, I am reminded of Philippians 4:11-12 that says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” This is perfect peace: When we put our mind to purposely think about the Lord and His goodness immediately we reflect on our pain and think, “Wow, Really, my life is not that bad; things can be far worse. “
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When we are persecuted or go through hardships we can put our heart at rest knowing that God is on our side. We become strong knowing that we have a God who promises perfect peace when in our weakness we turn to Him. When we turn to Him we become strong and can weather the storm that is causing pain in our lives. God gives us wisdom, tranquility and helps us to be content with what we have and trust that God knows what we need and will help us in His time. (Philippians 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
What exactly is integrity and why is it important to have?
Integrity has to do with relentless honesty. You choose to be honest in all situations.
It is what you decide when there are only two people in the room— you and your conscience!
The Bible educates our conscience to show us what is truly right. Then we are convinced not to
take advantage of situations that may be to our gain if we just bend the rules a bit. Psalm 15 gives
us a list of other traits that involve integrity.
Joseph in the Book of Genesis was a man of integrity. At one point when he was a young man, his
master’s wife desired him while the master was gone from the house. What an opportunity! But
Joseph told himself, “No!” He said, “How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”
You see, God gave Joseph a very special dream describing his destiny. Once Joseph understood that dream, he knew that God would be watching his every move! So Joseph vowed to himself, “If I want this dream to happen, I better do this thing right!” And he did! God did fulfill his destiny because He saw that
Joseph could be trusted.
I promise you, the minute you open your mouth in public to say you are a Christian, people are going to start watching you to see if your behavior matches your claims. Let’s uphold the Name of Christ through a commitment to honesty to see how God will entrust us with even greater things!