For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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March 7 provided me with a warning from Proverbs 7. Verses 24 through 27 held the warning. Often used to warn the young of the folly of following those whose intent is to cause them to stray from the spouse and love of their youth and engage in relationships outside the parameters of marriage, it can also speak to those who leave their relationship with God to pursue other gods, other beliefs that are in conflict with His ways, much like Israel did.
24 So now, children, listen to me; pay attention to what I am saying. 25 Don’t let your heart turn to her ways; don’t stray onto her paths. 26 For many are those she has struck down dead, numerous those she has killed. 27 Her house is the way to Sh’ol; it leads down to the halls of death.
Any belief and/ or action that is away from God is the reference to ‘she’. Those who left God to follow other gods, and practice idolatry, were led to “the wages of sin” which is death. This death is a separation from God. Jesus told us that “broad is the way and many there be that follow it to destruction,,,” My take-away is to be sure my love is for God, my actions reflect that love, my words speak his love to others.
March 8 and Proverbs 8 told me what fear of God is. This fear is that of awe and wonder, not fear that causes me to be afraid. Verse 13 explains simply what fear of God is.
13 The fear of Adonai is hatred of evil. I hate pride and arrogance.
When, in the Old Testament writings, we read of the punishment of the children of Israel, it is for their arrogance and pride, the arrogance and pride of their kings and princes. Arrogance and pride rises up in us so silently and so swiftly without our awareness of it sometimes.
Have we taken offence at something someone said to us? Pride. Have we boasted of an accomplishment of ours without giving God the credit for enabling us to do so? Arrogance.
God hates these two and verse 13 equates them with evil. if I stand in awe and respect of God, I will avoid the pitfalls of pride and arrogance.
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