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It Is Written… Isn’t It?
February 8, 2024
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
OUTLOOK ON THE IN BOOK:
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” “God works in mysterious ways.” “God helps those who help themselves.” These three phrases can be found in Hezekiah 1:12. Now before you go looking them up, it’s a joke. There is no Hezekiah 1:12. It sounded like there could have been, right? So, what do these phrases have in common with Hezekiah 1:12? Like the reference, they’re not in the Bible. We frequently use these phrases and sometimes believe they are from scripture when, in fact, they are not. In reality, all three of them, in some way, contradict scripture.
• Nothing in the Bible suggests that God prioritizes hygiene over everything else. What interests God is a clean heart. The Bible conveys that outward appearance is only what man sees. (However, please do maintain good hygiene. If not for God, at least for your neighbors. It’s challenging to be a witness when people prefer to keep their distance from you.
• God does not always work in mysterious ways. It is true that God’s ways are above human understanding and can be challenging to grasp at times. However, God has clearly laid out His plans for this earth and your eternal life in His Word.
• Furthermore, God does not always help those who help themselves. This notion contradicts what God has conveyed about trusting in Him. Our verses today demonstrate that God also aids those who assist others. God provides for all our needs. If you are placing your trust in yourself, your faith is in the wrong place.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
“…If any would not work, neither should he eat.” That is in the Bible, (2 Thess. 3:10.) The phrase God helps those who help themselves isn’t. Actually, it should say, God helps those who help others and trust in Him. Let’s live out the Word today.
Isn’t it time we get back in the book
to see and hear what God really says?
IF YOU ARE JOURNALING:
Ask yourself, what are MY THOUGHTS concerning this Passage, and todays Devotion?
Do I find within this reading a CHALLENGE for my life?
What are one or two things I WILL DO today or this week to accept that CHALLENGE?
GOD TALKING TO ME: FEBRUARY 8, 2024
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH A DAILY PROVERBS
Leviticus 1 – Leviticus 5
Proverbs 3:27 – 29
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director