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contrasts & Consequences

By Frank Cutter
June 15, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Kings 14:1-15:24
Acts 10:1-23
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 17:7-8

I love the Bible because it is so practical and real! In the passages for today I find contrasts of people’s choices and the consequences for them and others.

Let’s take a look at some bad examples of those who did what they thought was right. Jeroboam was deceptive, did not follow God or listen to him and he turned his back on God.

Rehoboam was not much better. He was king over Judah, but allowed Judah to continue to do “ evil in the eyes of the Lord,“ stirring up God’s jealous anger. Abijah, the next king, continued in his father’s sin, his heart not being fully devoted to the Lord his God.

There are also the men who followed God. We see that Ahijah a blind prophet still heard God, listened and obeyed him. Then we are reminded how David kept Gods commands, and followed God with all his heart.

Then there was Asa – I love this guy! He did what what is right in the eyes of the Lord, cleaned things up and was remembered for his good achievements and the cities he built.

When we look at the Acts passage we see that Cornelius and Peter both had visions from the Lord. Because there were God fearing men in relationship with Jesus, they listened and obeyed God which ultimately achieved his purposes and advanced His kingdom.

Psalm 133 talks about the goodness of unity, which was illustrated perfectly by Cornelius and Peter listening and following Gods Spirit. That brings us to Proverbs 17:7-8 it shows me that the ways of lying and foolishness will never lead to success in Gods eyes. That makes me think about my own integrity and how important it is to God! These four passages remind me that I can make bad choices that will hurt myself and others (which I have done) or I can listen to God and His Spirit and do what’s right. As a follower of Jesus, I should strive to have integrity because that actually matters to God. Believe me, that is a lot easier said than done but well worth the effort.

To memorize:

How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

— Psalm 133:1

Prayer to start with: Father, God—thank you for loving me through all my mistakes. I continue to fail daily but you never fail me. Thank you for surrounding me with your grace and mercy.