December 10, 2015
1: Do not boast bout tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
5: Better is open rebuke than hidden love
17: As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Today, I am seeing verse one not as fear of what might happen tomorrow, but as a hope of what might happen tomorrow. Sure anything can happen, and it might seem good, or it might seem bad, but in the long-run, it’s all for good. Nothing happens to me that is not God-willing, and whatever God wills will happen to me. The only foolishness and suffering is in when I’m not spiritually awake, do not see the hand of God, and do and say foolish things.
Rebuking with love is one of the most difficult things to do, perhaps more difficult than loving itself, as it requires loving, and then careful sensitivity on top of it. In most all cases, it’s better not to rebuke at all, especially if the person being rebuked is not capable to taking it, as it does no good. And this verse is saying that “open” rebuke is better than hidden love. I’m not exactly sure, but I think rebuking in the open/public is a really bad idea. And this verse is saying that hidden love is worse than this “open rebuke.” I am seeing this verse slightly differently again, and it’s coming in two ways. How I am not expressing it well enough to those I love, as well as situations where I am not supposed to express it. Both of which are bad...
Lastly, verse 17, I look back at last Fall, and all the difficulties, or rubbings with other people I’ve had, and how those have helped to shape who I am right now. I am thankful for those people, and thankful to God for letting them in my life.
This morning, and well yesterday, well on most Wednesday and Thursdays, I go to church a lot, like Wednesday morning service, Wednesday night service, and then Thursday morning service, which makes it 3 trips to church with 24 hour time frame. But yesterday, I was thinking about worshipping, and being at the right place at the right time with the right people, vs. being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. As a Christian, I’m called to worship, and there are places I’m supposed to be. I thought briefly about not going to Wednesday night service, but went in the end, and it was good, and this morning, my feet could have been heavier about going to morning prayer, but it was lighter, and I was thankful that I am able to go, and that it’s where I’m suppose to be/go. This is how God blesses. I’m not losing out on anything by going to worship, and being at a place or worship, place where the Word is preached, wherever whenever is what’s supposed to be. And through these, God’s blessings of all kinds flow.
Application: do QT first thing tomorrow morning, read random chapters of Psalms