Proverbs 13:13 The Value Of Instruction

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Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded. Proverbs 13:13 

Instructions are something that are found nearly everywhere and with everything. In order for a person to understand how something works or how he should do something, he must have some instructions.

The common joke among many dads is when their child is given a new toy that must be assembled. Instead of looking at the instructions, he chooses to ignore them and attempt to put the toy together on his own. Hours later the toy is still not put together, because pieces are missing or are in the wrong place because the instructions were not followed.

It is common for people to ignore some instructions, thinking that they know best.

This verse simply states that ignoring an instruction will come at a price, but following an instruction will bring a reward.

God has laid out instructions on how to live for Him and serve Him. There are many details about principles of living for God throughout the entire Bible. No matter what a person is dealing with in life, there is some instruction on how to deal with it in the Bible.

Yet, many people ignore the given instructions and try to do it on their own. As they do things on their own, they fail. Failure in following God comes with a price. One loses God’s favor.

Not obeying God’s instructions is to not love God, it is to reject God. Rejecting God is a death sentence of eternal value.

Those who choose to follow God’s instructions will reap of an eternal life of rewards. They will be filled with God’s peace, joy, strength and life. These things will come, no matter what one is going through in this life. However, follow God’s instructions out of love for Him, not out of duty or fear only.

Think about how great God’s love is for you in what He has done for you. Now return that love by respecting and following His commands to you.

Read the bible to find out what instructions He has for you. Pray daily and listen to what He has for you to do each day. Then do what He has told you to do.

Do not reject God’s instructions and bring on disaster. The price is too high for you to be able to fully pay for it and still live. Follow the instructions and reap the reward in the end.

I pray today that you will know what God’s instructions for you are; that God will give you strength to obey Him; that you will see the rewards God is giving you in obeying Him; and that you will find joy in following God. 

Hebrews 6:10 God Sees Your Work

 

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God is not unjust, he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

Janitors are very important people who often do not get recognized. They clean the workplace very clean every day or through the night, yet, very few people give them thanks. Yet, if the work was not done, immediately every person would notice the trash lying around. They are servants who work behind the scene.

Showing love and helping other people can often seem like a thankless, worthless job. It can often appear that no one sees what a person has been doing in helping someone else out. It is often done behind the scenes.

There have been many people who have served others out of love for God and for other people. As they serve, they are very seldom noticed or recognized. Some of those people give up serving others after a time, because the lack of recognition. They feel as if no one really cares, so it does not matter if they help someone else out or not.

Many of the people who help out in the church can often feel that way. They serve as a Sunday School teacher, or nursery worker, they visit the sick in the hospitals or homes, they help out the elderly in and many other ways of helping out people. Yet it always seems to be hidden from God’s sight.

God does see what a person is doing and will reward the person in the end. Every time a believer does a service for someone else, God works on preparing a reward. That reward may or may not be seen in this life, but it will come. One must not give up on serving others.

You may be one of these people who have served others for a long time and not seen anything come from it. Trust that God sees what you are doing and will reward you in His time. Do not give up serving others.

Jesus served and did not always see immediate results of His service. You are to be just like Jesus. There will come a day when you will stand before God and He will tell you well done, good and faithful servant.

Continue to serve out of love for God and for others and wait for your reward.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will know God sees what you are doing for others; that you will have the heart of Jesus to serve; and that you will see God’s reward for your work. 

Lamentations 2:17 God Follows Through On His Plans

The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes. Lamentations 2:17

When God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and made them into their own nation, He told them to follow only Him. He set down the rules that He expected them to follow. Along with giving the rules He gave them the rewards of following Him and the consequences of choosing not to follow Him. If they chose not to follow Him, the consequence would be destruction.

Over time, the Israelites had chosen not to follow God. After many warnings, God followed though on His plan to destroy them because they disobeyed His laws. It was not done on the spur of the moment or in a fit of anger. Their destruction was planned because of the rules laid out many years before.

Although times have changed and the ways of committing sins has changed, God has not. His laws and expectations are still the same. God expects everyone to follow Him with all of their life. Being a loving merciful God, He has laid out what He expects and how to accomplish those expectations. He has provided for every possible need that a person could have.

Many people choose right now to not live for God. Others claim to live for God, yet, purposefully live in some sinful behavior, with no thought to change. God has laid out His plans that those who choose to follow Him will be saved and live for eternity. Those who reject Him, will be punished and banished from Him for eternity.

Although it may not seem to be happening now, or that it will occur, you can be sure that God’s plans will be fulfilled. Some will be saved, while others will be punished.

You have to choose which will occur to you. If you accept and follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, you will be saved. If you choose to reject Him and do your own thing, or choose to accept Him, but still do your own thing, you can expect judgment and destruction in the end.

Choose today to follow God with all of your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God with all of your life; that you will know the blessings of God in your life; and that God will not have to bring destruction in your life.

Proverbs 19:17 Lending To The Lord

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17

Banks lend money out to people with the expectation that they will get paid back with interest. It is one of their processes of making more money. The banks are not always very concerned about what is done with the money, they just want to be ensured they will get it back.

People often loan things out to friends or family. They will loan out tools or equipment, books, dishes, or even vehicles. Nearly everything can be available to be loaned out. In this type of loan, people do expect to get the item back, but not necessarily with interest. They trust that the item will come back in good condition.

Jesus had stated that one should be willing to lend to anyone, but not to expect a return. Believers are to lend out freely and not force the person to return the item. They are not expected to get what was loaned out back with interest.

The reason for it can be found in what Solomon says. When a person is kind to a poor person, he is lending to the Lord. Being kind is providing something that the person needs. It could be some material thing or just a listening ear or a helping hand.

Being kind to someone who is poor, often means that person cannot pay it back. This is where one needs to trust in the Lord.

God is watching everything that you do. He is taking note of it and will not forget it. When you have reached out and met a need of someone else, God will reward you. The methods of rewarding you may be different each time.

There are times God will abundantly meet your needs. You will end up with a surplus. Other times God will fill you with His joy and peace at being able to help meet another person’s needs. Ultimately you will be rewarded in heaven for all the good things you have done.

As you go through life, do not be afraid to help meet the needs of someone else. Trust that God will meet your needs and reward you for what you have done for someone else.

I pray today that you will trust God’s provision; that God will use you to help meet the needs of others; that you will freely lend to others; and that God’s love and generosity will be shown through your life.