An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Make Me a Blessing

(Proverbs 10:7 KJV)  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Peter and Judas.  George Washington and Benedict Arnold.  The contrasting names dredge up contrasting emotions.  The “just" (righteous NASB) (6662) had their flaws.  The “wicked” (7563) probably had their good points. 

What kind of “memory” (2143) do you live with?  I was incredibly blessed with my choice of parents.  As if I had anything to do with it.  I don’t know if you are happy with your heritage.  There is nothing you can do about that.  Notice it does not say the “memories of the righteous.”  It isn’t what you remember.  It isn’t your past.  It is what you do with your present. 

You are establishing how you will be remembered.  It does not depend on who your parents were.  It depends on who you are.  That is part of the glory of grace.  We all know the verse,
(Romans 8:28 KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Does that mean that everything is wonderful?  No.  Does it mean that everything you will do will generate pride?  No.  It means that God can take anything that happens to you and sanctify it through the miracle of grace and produce good.  That is His contribution.  We work on obedience and holy living.  He can take us and transform us into His likeness.

So?  What kind of memories are you going to leave today?  That you have some control over.  Will the day be spent in repentance and love or in self-seeking and pride.  Ask God to help you see how your are walking and if you need to change, get to it.

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