It's in the Bible

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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.

             Through this toilsome world,alas!

             Once and only once I pass;

             If a kindness I may show,

             If a good deed I may do

             To a suffering fellow man,

             Let me do it while I can,

             No delay, for it is plain

             I shall not pass this way again.

                                              - Unknown

 

  This little poem brings to mind the parable of the good  Samaritan  as recorded in Luke 10:30-37. After the priest and the Levite had passed by the wounded man, the Samaritan stopped and helped him. Jesus concludes by saying to the lawyer, “You go and do likewise.” This reminds us to be compassionate to our fellow man who might need our help. Proverbs 3:27 admonishes us : “Do not withhold good to those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.”

 We often hear folks say, “I did the best I could”. Generally we say this when we tried to accomplish a task and didn't get the results we wanted from our effort. It justifies us and sometimes it keeps us from trying again. James addresses this when he says in James1:2-4, “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 in nothing”.We are reminded in Psalm 136 that God's steadfast love endures forever. Let us remain steadfast and pray that our efforts are always right with the will of God.

  There is a chorus to a song that goes like this: “When the gates are all down and the signals are flashing and the whistle is screaming in vain, and you stay on the tracks, ignoring the facts, well you can't blame the wreck on the train”. Folks sometime continue to repeat mistakes and blame others or circumstances or events, when in truth they continue to place themselves in a position that causes the problem. In Romans 7:21-25 the apostle Paul describes the dilemma and gives the solution: “So I  find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from  this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then,I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”...... Man, you gotta quit blaming that train! 

   Many times folks will say, when they are bogged down in life's problems, “I just have to take it one day at a time”. It helps us concentrate on today's problems. But we sometime dwell on the mistakes of the past; regrets about what we said or did that caused us a problem, or a dread about tomorrows tasks, or even anticipation about our plans for tomorrow, so that we lose track of our concentration on living today. Jesus tells us in Mt  6:34, “ do not be anxious about tomorrow”.The Psalmist reminds in 118:24 that “this is the day that the Lord made, let us be glad and rejoice  in it”. James 4:13 warns us of excessive anxiety about our plans for tomorrow. The Apostle Paul sums it up in Philippians 3:13-14 when he says, “but one thing I do; forgetting about what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. Let us live today with that ultimate goal in our hearts.

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