Sunday, February 27, 2022

Making the First Move in Peacemaking

A bully approached a little boy. The boy was scared he was about to get beaten up, so he quickly drew a line in the sand. He told the bully, “Step across that line.” The bully stepped over it. With a grin on his face the little boy said, “Now we’re both on the same side!”

Jesus said, “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law, while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge …and you be thrown in prison” (Matt. 5:25). We are usually too slow in resolving conflict, which allows strained relationships to fester and creates painful consequences. Jesus said to make peace with your enemy “quickly” to prevent something worse that could happen to you.  

You might be reluctant to make the first move to reconcile, but God will bless the one who makes the first move in peacemaking. You step over the line—not to fight, but to make peace. “If possible, so far as it depends upon you, be at peace with all men” (Rom. 12:18). Many times reconciliation is not possible, but God says to make an attempt.

If your attempt fails, you can still have peace of mind because you obeyed God, even if your enemy won’t accept you. Sometimes your attempt to make peace will break down the wall of enmity. You may never be reconciled with someone refuses to work out differences. However, your attempt can ease the tensions of a strained relationship, and might even soften your enemy’s heart. 

Imagine if you were “both on the same side.” It might even bring a grin to your face.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Dog Thoughts vs. Human Thoughts

Years ago, I had a dog with an IQ 1, maybe 2. Sometimes he would look at me and tilt his head as if he were trying to figure out what I was thinking. But there’s no way that he could read my mind because human thoughts are higher than dog thoughts.

If I read my dog Bandit every book in my library, it would have been a waste of time. If I opened the hood of my car and explained to him how to repair the engine, he would comprehend nothing. Humans have a much higher level of knowledge and understanding than dogs, and sending him to Harvard wouldn’t do anything to increase his IQ.

Just as people are much smarter than dogs, God is infinitely wiser and more intelligent than any human on earth. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9)

How does God guide two people, who don’t know they are being led, to meet at a certain place and eventually get married? How does God answer our prayers at just the right time? We aren’t capable of understanding how He does this any more than Bandit understands how to read a book or repair a car. 

God is able to do far beyond all that we are able to ask or even think (Eph. 3:20). Stop trying to figure out how God will answer your prayer or meet your needs. You won’t be able to do it. Instead, just trust that He knows and is able to make it happen.
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Sunday, February 6, 2022

What Are You Offering to God?

When my son Scott was four years old, I was sitting in the living room when he walked up behind me. He said, “Dad, I want to share my cupcake with you.” I proudly patted myself on the back. I thought, “I’ve taught him well. My son is only four years old and he has already learned to be a gracious giver.” 

When I turned around, he gave me his cupcake. He had already eaten all the icing off the top and was offering me the part he didn’t want!

What Scott did with the cupcake is what we often do with God. We don’t honor Him with our best offering, but whatever is left over. The prophet Malachi rebuked Israel for doing that very thing. The Lord wanted them to offer the very best of their flocks to Him as sacrifices. Instead, they brought their sickly and diseased animals to the altar—the ones they didn’t want and were about to die anyway. They thought God wouldn’t notice the difference.

The Lord told them, “When you bring blind animals as sacrifices, that is wrong. When you bring crippled and sick animals, that is wrong.” (Mal. 1:8). They forgot God could see their offerings. He told them, “I am not pleased with you, nor will I accept an offering from you” (Mal. 1:10).

Remember God is on the receiving end of our worship. Both Cain and Abel gave offerings to God, but He didn’t view them in the same way. “The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor” (Gen. 4:4-5). God rejected two things—Cain and his offering. 

Apparently, Cain didn’t give his offering as an act of worship. God is pleased when we give Him our best with a thankful heart, but He has no use for the bottom half of the cupcake. He’s already received enough of those.
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