OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[March 7]--What’s God Like, And What Does It Matter?

Prov. 22:2

From this point forward in our study of Proverbs, we’re going to skip around quite a bit, simply because that’s what the book does. It’s a lot easier if you tackle it topically instead of verse-by-verse which we’ve normally done up to this point. Since the most important thing to know from the Bible is who God is, I thought that’s the best place to start. So for the next few days we’re going to see what Solomon had to say about him.

Some of this is going to be old hat for you, since Solomon's not going to introduce us to any brand new concepts about the Lord. But the great thing about the author is that he’s always practical. I’ve always liked to think of myself as a practical theologian: If it doesn’t affect how you live from day-to-day, then why spend a lot of time on it? So whatever he says about anything—no matter how esoteric it might appear--there’s a reason for it.

So just to pick one of many verses about the Lord, let’s look at the one today. The first question to ask is: What does it say about him? What can we learn about him? And can we figure out why the author would include this information? It’s pretty straightforward—He’s the Maker of all humanity. He’s the Creator of every man, woman, and child who’s ever existed. But there’s a special emphasis he makes here: he specifically notes that the Lord has created both “rich” and “poor.”

It’s a fact of life that we tend to judge people by their spot on the economic ladder. And it’s not just in one direction: People on the lower end envy those richer than themselves. It’s a shame, but we tend not to associate with people who come from a different background than we do.

The church is supposed to be a cure for that, and I wish that it always was. Unfortunately, sometimes we let the divisions out in the world infiltrate Christ’s body, and this should not be. If it’s true that there’s “neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” then surely this would apply in the economic sphere as well. James, another really practical writer, had some things to say about this as well.

So how do we apply this in our daily life? Well, it would seem to me that any thoughts in your head that “look down” on someone--because they’re poorer than you--would be completely incompatible with the Spirit of Christ. And if someone is higher than you on the economic scale, then don’t envy them, and don't covet what they have. The Lord made them just like he made you, and the way we treat each other should reflect that.

So does it? Does the way you treat those around you reflect the fact that they’re created in God’s image? What about that person who just found a way to step on your last nerve? What about that homeless person that you’re passing on the street? What about that rich person you know who seems to have it soooo easy? All of them, each and every one, is precious in the sight of our Savior, and should be in ours as well.

Lord Jesus, it’s so easy to forget this. Please change my heart, my eyes, my ears, whatever else needs adjustment. I want to be like you.

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