Keeping Sight of Doing Right

Explained in Proverbs 14 is that there are rewards for following the wisdom in God’s Word and doing what is right. There is peace, joy, and success in the long run. On the other hand, there is a multitude of negative results for doing what is wrong. There is recklessness, deceitfulness, envy, and ultimate destruction.

Things in this world can be difficult. There are many without the basic necessities including clothing and food. We also live in a world of spiritual poverty as there are many who do not understand what they are missing out on. By accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, they can inherit and are entitled to the gift of the Holy Spirit with amazing power.

What the writer of this passage is telling us is that meaningful results require thinking things through and having a plan. Most of all, they require work. Helping others to understand how to follow God’s plan is the most meaningful gift anyone can give.

We live in a culture where everyone thinks there is this need to climb to the top putting in 60, 70, or even 80 hour weeks into their career. Before long, they can become burned out and in poor health. There are times when a person just needs to be happy where they are and look forward to being promoted to their eternal destiny with the Lord.

Doing the Lord’s work is the most meaningful. I’ve been a volunteer for the tech group at our church for many years. My daughter volunteered for the nursery at our church while going through High School.

There are many great memories of us going to church together and the great feeling you would have coming home from church together after doing the Lord’s work. God finds favor in those who give their time to be the hands and feet for His work. They are blessed and others are blessed because of them.

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This day with You Lord, we face trials in life. Sometimes we have wrong priorities and make some bad decisions but we are grateful for getting a new start each day. We may miss the mark some days but grace received because of Christ makes us perfect in Your eyes. We accept what Jesus did on the Cross and call for help in stepping ahead in faith. May Your instructions be our stepping stones along the path! Amen.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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