When they stood still, they lowered their wings. Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings (Ezekiel 1:24z–25 NIV).
Heaven can teach us. Here we find the heavens opened. In this vision Ezekiel sees four living creatures. They had two wings to fly and two wings to cover their bodies. Now we find them lowering their wings when they stood … Read the rest
“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave (Proverbs 9:17, 18 NIV).
The first part is the invitation of Folly. She is described as sitting at the door of her house on a seat at the highest point of the city calling out loudly to people who pass … Read the rest
“But let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 9:24 NIV).
The people of the world boast about many things. In the previous verse God picks out three areas of man’s boasting and asks them not to do so. He commands the wise … Read the rest
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1 NIV).
There are things beyond man’s control. And they can act at any time. Those who boast about tomorrow either close their eyes to this fact or think that such things may happen to others but not to them. They also base their boasting on their present condition. They assume that their … Read the rest
Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:12 NIV).
This lesson from Moses’ life is of great importance to Christians today. It teaches us vital truths.
First of all, Moses did not inquire of God as to what to do. He acted on his own. So killing the Egyptian was Moses’ idea and not God’s plan. Again, … Read the rest
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32 NIV).
Losing temper is not so uncommon today. Caught in a traffic jam and moving at snail’s pace, walking into your office or workplace to find yesterday’s work pending, or even naughty children at home can all cause anger to flare in a flash. In today’s fast-paced world, patience … Read the rest
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow”–when you now have it with you(Proverbs 3:27,28 NIV).
The power to act is a blessing indeed. And God would like you to consider using that power wisely and in a timely manner. There are situations when you are supposed to … Read the rest
Nevertheless in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp (Numbers 14:44 NIV).
Presumption is dangerous in Christian living. It puts you in trouble and brings sorrow. But what is presumption? It is acting on what you think is best when God has specifically commanded you not to do so.
For example, the Israelites … Read the rest
This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine (Genesis 41:36 NIV).
God gave Joseph knowledge about the coming famine and the specific number of years it would last. He was also given wisdom to plan for the famine ahead. On the other hand, … Read the rest
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well (Ecclesiastes 11:6 NIV).
There are sure laws of success. One of them is listed here. This law calls for effort on our part. We have to sow. Without this simple initial step there is no beginning … Read the rest