Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday, September 3rd: Psalms 140-142, 2 Corinthians 12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 140-142; 2 Corinthians 12

Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Numerous other verses in the Bible also talk about the power of the tongue to inflict life or death upon those around us.  The tongue wields such huge power - we can use it to build people up, or we can use it to tear them down.  Oh, that we would hold our tongue, that we would think before speaking foolishly.  As Thumper said in the movie Bambi - if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.  Advice we'd be wise to heed.

Psalm 141:4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

As my Life Application Bible says.... David asked God to guard his heart. Evil acts begin with evil desires.  It isn't enough to ask God to keep you away from temptation, make you stronger, or change your circumstances. You must ask him to change you on the inside  at the level of your desires.

2 Corinthians 12 deals a deathblow to the prosperity gospel.  I don't think anyone would have the audacity to suggest they had more faith than the apostle Paul, and God did not heal Him, even though Paul prayed for healing and even though Paul believed God could heal Him.  We know that God is capable of healing anyone, but we also know that sometimes He choose not to, or chooses to heal them eternally instead.   We don't know why other than that God always does things for His glory.

It reminds me of when our nephew was deathly ill and the doctors had given zero hope of a recovery.  We knew it would only be a miracle by God's grace that would save Him and we prayed desperately for this miracle.  We knew God could heal Him, but we didn't know if He would.  We are so thankful that God chose to heal Him and that we were able to give Him the glory for that miracle.  But we also know that if God chose not to heal Him it wouldn't be saying anything about the strength of our faith or lack thereof.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 143-145; 2 Corinthians 13


Nathan Reimer said...

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I admire the strength and faith that Paul shows. He had a physical problem that was a nuisance and prayed for God to take it away. When Paul realized that God may not heal him physically, he responded with an attitude that we all should try to have, that it's about giving glory and praise to God, not about our ourselves.

Conrad said...

"Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved." 2 Corinthians 12:19

Along with what Tammy was saying about the use of our tongue. We need to use our tongues to build each other up, in love. Sometimes it may not be received that way, so what we also say to their reaction is also important.

Pamela said...

7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul was reminded that God's grace is sufficient through whatever hardship arises. May we also be reminded that whatever we are going through that God knows and that he does hear but He is using it in a way that only He knows. That's often beyond our ability to process and understand.