It's in the Bible
The Bible is the fountain of knowledge for most everything we say and ideas we express in today's world. Many folks would disagree with this statement. They would want to quote some great person in history or even some present day celebrity or politician that they admire. It's true that there are many heroic persons past and present who have contributed to our knowledge and well-being. However, a study of the Bible reveals that the thoughts and ideas have been around for a long time. Solomon says it all in Ecclesiastes 1: 9—“there is nothing new under the sun.”
So we'll be posting some comments on present day ideas and giving a Bible scripture to illustrate the connection.
- Written by Super User
We often say “I did the best I could” when we have tried to accomplish a task and didn't get the results we wanted. It justifies us and sometimes keeps us from trying again. The Bible addresses this in James 1:2-4 when it says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” We can also be disappointed to the point that we are not thankful for the blessings that we continue to have. In Psalm 136, the psalmist urges us to remember to give thanks to God and that His steadfast love endures forever. Verse 1 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,for his steadfast love endures forever.” And in verse 26, the last verse, he says again, “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His steadfast love endures forever.” The verses in between call attention to many things the Israelites had to be thankful for. In our time we have many things to be grateful for also. In our disappointment over our failure to complete a task, let us not forget to be grateful for all the good and perfect gifts from God that we enjoy each day, even our defeats, for these experiences can make us stronger and more able to accomplish greater things in the future. That's what James was trying to tell us.
- Written by Robert Blystone
There's a lovely little poem that reminds us to be kind in words as well as deeds to one another. It goes like this: "Have a care with your words , my children, for words they are powerful things; they are sweet as the bee's sweet honey, but like the bees they have terrible stings!" The apostle Peter in 1st Peter 3:10-12, quotes Psalms 34:12-16, when he says "Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; but let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Let us remember to "have a care with our words" as we go about our deeds in this life, for our fellow travelers can use our encouragement. And remember, you can't unsay a cruel word!
- Written by Robert Blystone
Someone, somewhere, has once said, “Don't expect to pick flowers when you have planted weeds”. Is what you have been doing working for you? Sometime we are caught in a rut, continuing to do the same things with the same attitude. Life in this modern world can be tough, making us angry, resentful and turned in on our own problems. We tend to think, “I need to look out for Number One”. And we do need to take responsibility for ourselves and our family, but we do see all around us folks looking out for one another. The “Golden Rule” is working in our lives even when we are living in a world that does at times seem callous and uncaring. Jesus gave emphasis to this idea when he said in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets”. And again in Matthew 22:36 -37, when the Pharisee asked Jesus about the greatest commandment, Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”. It is good to remember that God has given us the tendency to practice the “Golden Rule” as we live in this world and deal with our fellow travelers. Remember, the Bible does say we are created in the image of God, Genesis 1:27. God imparted a spirit to each of us. Thus we are like Him---created in His image---because we have a spirit-essence like He does.
- Written by Robert Blystone
A little rhyme to help us remember to not borrow trouble and not to magnify our problems. A Chinese proverb puts it this way, “A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial”, or we might say, “Don't sweat the small stuff”.
Someone, somewhere has said, “If I learn nothing more in life than to keep my hands off what is not truly my business, this alone will lighten and brighten my life.”
The Bible calls our attention to our worldly concerns when Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34 as part of the Sermon On The Mount, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about you life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles(the world) seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.----Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is it's own trouble.” A powerful message for our consideration today, as we look forward to a new year.