-When church leaders fall-

 

“If all sin is evil and we are all sinners, what’s Proverbs 13:6 mean? “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.”

USMC prayer kneeling WC Cpl. Christopher StoneIt was a challenging week as we started it by finding out through social media that the pastor of a church we used to attend some years ago had stepped down. The news was due to ‘moral failure’. It was heartbreaking to say the least. News spread quickly among the congregation and the news media. Speculation, assumptions, talk, what happened? What was he thinking? There’s no confirmation, but talk from a blog and rumors. The church’s website had an ‘official statement’ as people gathered for an special Sunday afternoon announcement, the pastor wasn’t present. It just goes to show you that we cannot place all of our trust in man, but in Christ. Fortunately, this particular church has many great members and leaders and the pastor did teach them from the scripture for many years that we all fall short of God’s glory.

No matter what, it’s still going to be a challenge but the outlook of many have said that the church will go on. And for those who choose to say that they will leave, are bitter, and inconsolable, well that too is a choice. We’ll be praying for that pastor and his wife and children. He’s not alone in his choices and he’s paying with severe consequences. However it all comes down, God is sovereign and He is in control. We’ll just take this one step at a time and go on. We have much to be thankful for and the ministry that this man started will go on. The next chapter is yet to be written and prayerfully those remaining will pick up the pieces and good will come from poor choices.

Although I wouldn’t call the person evil, the sin during a moment of weakness is evil – for this scripture just gives us some direction in Proverbs that we all need to take heed and seek God in all we do and take it all to God in prayer. ~B2B

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Trusting in God

Date: January 10, 2010

 

Title: Trusting in God, Not in Your Own Understanding

 

Scripture Readings: Gen 23 – 24:51, Matt 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 3:1-6

S – Scripture:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6

O – Observation:

“Solomon is the main writer of the book of Proverbs.” GotQuestions.org reports, “In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too.”  The key words to this verse are: trust and seek. We are to trust the Lord, not depend on ourselves and what we can reconcile in our mind, and to seek God’s will, not our own, in everything we do – only when we do these things – will the Lord give us guidance as to where we should go when we ask for direction.

A – Application:

I will trust in the Lord. I need to remember that although God has given me a brain to think and has instilled information and wisdom, that which he has given me is not all I should depend on, but continue to Seek the Lord – and to have peace that whatever I am seeking him in – is God’s will, not my own. Only after doing these things, will I be shown the path to take. I will take steps of faith to go in the area that God is leading.

Here’s another excerpt from GotQuestions.org, on the explanation of the book of Proverbs.   “Our fear of the Lord’s wrath and justice is what drives us to Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s wisdom as expressed in His glorious plan of redemption for mankind. In Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), we find the answer to our search for wisdom, the remedy for our fear of God, and the “righteousness, holiness and redemption” that we so desperately need (1 Corinthians 1:30). The wisdom that is found only in Christ is in contrast to the foolishness of the world, which encourages us to be wise in our own eyes. But Proverbs also tells us that the world’s way is not God’s way (Proverbs 3:7) and leads only to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for this day. I ask forgiveness for my sins and that I am able and open-minded to know and do your will. I pray that I go to you first in all things, not wait as a ‘last resort’ and go to you when I am desperate, but from the beginning. So that I can show you that I trust you, lean not on my own understanding, seek your will in all things, no matter how big or small, and that you will guide my path. Amen.

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