Proverbs 12:13 “Escape!”
An evil main is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.
People will tell lies about you or God. People will undermine your efforts and God’s efforts. People will purposely mislead folks to sell them on their view of the world. These things will never change. But, the good news is you can always find the truth in the Bible. You’ll hear the term “Judeo Christian” ethics. This means the laws, or rules for life, are based on Old Testament writings. As Christians, we also believe in the New Testament and Jesus Christ as our Savior. Whenever I hear a point of view or good sounding argument, I always revert back to “what does the Bible say” to identify the truth of what was said.
If you don’t believe God’s Word is the final word on things, (which is exactly what most secularists believe), then there is nothing you can’t do. If the Bible isn’t valid, then murder, stealing, lying, sexual perversion, etc. aren’t necessarily wrong. All these “law breaking” definitions came from Biblical roots. But if God’s law is not valid, then everything might as well be based on how the individual “feels.” Can you imagine where that lack of ultimate morality can lead?
Once you remove God from civilization, evil human nature quickly takes over. It always sounds good at first, “our government will take care of everything,” until power gets concentrated and government grows out of control, spends more than it makes and ultimately goes bankrupt. That’s what happened in Russia; now we’re headed to repeating this error in America. Sure, it sounds good to have everyone taken care of, but reality is you have to work for your reward. A few people aren’t going to work hard and pay for everyone else to sit around and receive welfare and healthcare for free. It defies common sense American values.
God says wicked people will get trapped by their lies, while good people will navigate through trouble safely. If you’re attacked unfairly, don’t feel like you have to get revenge or make it right. God says those that do wrong will pay; He will take care of it in His time. However, evil will become more prevalent because sin has to keep growing until Jesus returns to earth. Unfortunately, you can’t expect it to get easier any time soon!
But, the good news is you don’t have to fix it. God has your back on this one too. You can just do the right thing, and God will reward you despite the evil idiots trying to drag you down!
When you wonder what’s right, refer to God’s Word for clarity. Life’s rulebook will always serve you well!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”