“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:1-3)
Today’s Morsel: One of the first lessons I learned after my baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost was how to live a holy and godly life. Righteous living was stressed to us more than anything else. But sad to say, ethics and etiquette seem to be slipping through the cracks these days. Many folks sit in church pews week after week, and never come to the knowledge of what it means to be holy and set apart unto God. There is no outward display of and for righteous living. Obedience to God’s word and instruction are left on the pews. When Saul failed to obey God’s word and instructions to destroy the Amalekites, the Prophet Samuel told him, “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23) Saul lost his kingdom because of disobedience. We must always remember that the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly will perish. Therefore, if we live right, God will reward us in the end.
Sing: Now I give to Jesus everything, now I gladly own Him as my King, now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free; pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burden soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Thought For Today: Live right and God will reward you in the end (Parker)