Today: Proverbs 18:17-24; Proverbs 19:1-2; Romans 14:1-18; 1 Chronicles 9 & 10
Romans 14 is the most controversial chapter in Romans. It has been twisted all over the place to justify just about everything. Paul’s main point can be found in verse 17: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Paul, like Jesus, was trying to shift his readers into eternal vision rather than focusing on temporary physical things. If a body of believers is truly focused on Jesus Christ, we won’t have time for all the petty infighting about trivial things. I’ve witnessed too many churches fall apart, torn to pieces by disagreement. The damage done to people when this happens is tragic.
But alas, we are but cursed people, living within disintegrating physical bodies, thinking with limited human brains. Any time more than a few of us get together, there WILL be problems of some sort.
All we can manage is our OWN selves. If we, ourselves, focus on Christ, WE can become tiny harbingers of peace and love. That is all be can do. That is all we are called to do. FOCUS ON JESUS! HE will accomplish the rest. There is nothing good He cannot do through us when we only focus on HIM.
1 Chronicles 10
“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.” 1 Chronicles 10:13-14
It had always been God’s plan to set up David as king over Israel. But God had also chosen and anointed Saul to be king first. Saul’s bad choices were on him. He chose to turn away from God and consult with other sources. Perhaps Saul could have enjoyed a much longer reign and a peaceful death as David did if he had remained true to God.
The sources we choose for guidance are critical. Do we “inquire of the LORD” for direction? Or do we look somewhere else?