Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6: Psalm 10-12, Matthew 18 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalm 10-12, Matthew 18

Yesterday my son and I caught the matinee showing of the movie Skyscraper. It's an action packed movie and I couldn't help but have these verses jump out at me during today's reading:

Psalm 10:6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

The all powerful builder of the amazing building in the movie believed that he had done everything humanly possible to safeguard against any possible disaster. He believed his efforts would keep his building safe and secure. He hired the best people, thought of every possible scenario, and spent an unbelievable amount of money. What things do we do ourselves to believe that we are unshakeable?

Psalm 12:1 & 2 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

Of course, like all good thriller movies, there is a plot twist where someone who was trusted is discovered to be a liar. In the movie, Dwayne Johnson's character is backstabbed by a friend in the opening few minutes. The builder has let an intruder into his inner circle. Lies abound as the destruction begins and more lies are told to cover them up. We struggle with this too as we look for people we can trust. People who will be honest with us and walk with us during hard times. We deceive and we are deceived every day. What do we choose the share on social media? What lies behind those news stories? Has money voided truth? When did black and white turn to grey?

Our pastor shared some good thoughts during his message yesterday that also applied to the theme of this movie. Our pastor said that we are to be people who are Holy and godly. When we store up those treasures, they cannot be destroyed and they will live on. All the money and the expense that goes into material goods does not last. In the movie the building is all but an empty shell of what it was supposed to be. When we pour into things that do not have eternal value we too become just a hollow shell of what God intended us to be. 

Matthew 18:3 “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Kids are simple. They don't need much to be happy or to survive. They don't need lavish things. They forgive and forget freely. They love deeply and with abandon. They are brutally honest. They need protection. We could learn so much from them. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassagePsalms 16-18, Matthew 20

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