E-Seeds

  • It's All Up To God
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 17, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “God’s gonna get you for that!”There was little doubt in Sally’s mind about God’s justice. Any time anyone said anything she didn’t want to hear, out would come her famous “threat.” With red hair, a pointed finger and a strong voice, she would continue, “You just wait and see. Maybe not before you fall asleep. But, I’d keep one eye open while I slept tonight if I were you! I know He’s coming after you for that! What you said was wrong.”Everyone on campus loved Sally. Her enthusiasm for life, her happy smile, the twinkle in her eye. Every time she uttered those words, the receiver could not help but look around for a speeding truck or bolt of lightning. Or both. She was very convincing.However, justice belongs to God, not Sally. He is righteous. He is fair. He has no favorites. He looks at things differently than we do. Scripture reassures us that “He does all things well.” He will not allow others to destroy His beloved children. His Son died for them.“The righteous person is rescued from trouble,” said Solomon, “and it falls on the wicked instead.” He knew from personal experience that when the righteous are the objects of schemes to hurt them, God will intervene at the appropriate time. Our God will never allow any injustice to go by without becoming personally involved. Even though we do not know what His justice will bring or when it will come, all of life is in His hands. He will right each wrong.Isaiah summed it up this way: “For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.”Prayer: Help us, Father, to trust in Your justice. We are human, and naturally resentful and spiteful. You, however, are loving and fair and will do what is right. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,” said Solomon, “and it falls on the wicked instead.&nbs […]

  • Is It The End Or The Beginning?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 16, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “I’m bored with it all!”Power and prestige, influence and insight, victory and valor seemed worthless to Winston Churchill as he faced death. His final words expressed hopelessness and emptiness as he slipped into a coma nine days before he died. What a tragic statement from a man who shaped the course of history as he was about to face eternity without Christ.As he was struggling to breathe, a colleague took the hand of Michael Faraday, the brilliant chemist and scientist and asked, “What will be your occupation in heaven?” He replied, “I shall be with Christ, and that is enough!”Two famous men who lived two world-influencing lives. However, when it came to facing death, one looked backward in despair, the other forward in a faith that was filled with hope and expectation! What a startling difference God made in their lives,“Hopes placed in men dies with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.” Solomon shared his great wisdom with these words. He clearly stated the difference between a life lived for God, and a life lived for any other reason or purpose: One who does not live for God or know Christ personally will eventually see all of his hopes and dreams die. Living only for this life or living a life that focuses on oneself ends with a sense of hopelessness and insignificance. When this life ends, another begins in the presence of God or the depths of darkness.What a blessed hope we have if we choose to accept the love and grace and mercy of God. Hope can be ours because of Christ. Choose Christ, find life, have hope.Prayer: How great is Your love, Lord. As unworthy as we are, we have forgiveness of our sins, a purpose for living, and hope for the future through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:7 Hopes placed in men dies with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing. […]

  • Level Pathways
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Recently, I received two fall catalogs from sporting goods companies. Both featured items that anyone who loves the outdoors would be pleased to own. Both had a focus on hiking and the wilderness. The clothes were so attractive that they appeared glamorous enough to wear to a wedding reception.But the shoes were in a class by themselves. They all had a rugged appearance with built-in safety features: steel shanks for stability, soles with rock-biting “teeth” to provide non-skid traction, comfortable inserts to prevent fatigue, and strong laces that would last for years.Every picture that featured the shoes “in action” had a person walking up a steep incline with rocks, shrubs, and stones that made the journey difficult. Some of the models had a stick in their hand to provide balance or to protect them from snakes or other animals. All appeared ready for “anything” with canteens of water and first aid kits. Whatever came their way would be subdued! They were prepared to conquer anything at any time. They were ready for their journey into and through the wilderness.But no matter how wisely they prepared for their journey through the wilderness, it did not prepare them for the journey through life. The journey through life is not about shoes or clothing: it is about walking in God’s righteousness. The only “safe-passage” is with Christ. “The righteousness of the blameless makes their path straight, but the wicked are brought down by their deeds.”God will grant us a “safe passage” through life. But we must follow His path if we want it.Prayer: Lord, may we stay close to You as we journey through life, knowing that we will be safe and secure if we follow Your paths. Give us courage to do so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their path straight, but the wicked are brought down by their deeds.&nbs […]

  • Riches And Righteousness
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “I need to come to talk with you,” he said nervously. “I have everything anyone could ask for, but I’m miserable. I think you are the only hope I have. As soon as I get back from this trip I’m taking, I’ll be in to see you.”“Well,” I said, “I don’t have any answers for your problems, but I believe strongly that God does. And, if you seek Him sincerely and honestly, He’ll give you the right answer for any problem. We have His Word on that.”The trip is over. He returned safely and had a “good time,” but has found no time to look for God’s answers to his miserable condition. Perhaps the trip was so enjoyable that it has relieved him, temporarily, of his distress. It may also have been a “gentle” forewarning from God that, when his misery returns, he will not escape His wrath the next time.God does everything He can to bring people to a place while they still have time to make things “right” with Him. Our God is not only gracious; He is patient and inviting. But, as Solomon wrote, “Wealth is worthless in the day of God’s wrath.”When that “day of wrath” arrives, no amount of this world’s wealth will make any difference. To support this fact, David wrote a warning to the wealthy who have no time for God: “The foolish and the senseless also perish. People, despite their wealth, do not endure.”Righteousness and right living have their rewards: a life with God’s presence, power and protection now, and a life with Him in eternity. He promised us that He would deliver us from death and destruction, and grant us eternal life with Him in the future. Trust Him today!Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your salvation, the assurance of Your presence and protection now, the gift of hope, and the promise of eternal life with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.&nbs […]

  • One False Turn...
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It was a new car with a new navigation system, and we were living near the top of a mountain. We were told that our home was well over 5,500 feet above sea level. To reach our front steps was a major driving project. The road twisted and turned and included several “switchbacks” - instant “U” turns. At times it seemed as though the turns were much tighter than a paper clip.As we sat and struggled to program our “nav system” before beginning this journey, our hearts beat with excitement. It was a new experience, and we were anxious to learn if it worked. After many mistakes and several minutes, a voice “came from the clouds” and said: “Proceed to the nearest major highway.” It was frightening! What next, we thought.As we started down the mountain, the little arrow that was intended to point us in the direction started to go around in circles. It was spinning as though it could not determine where we were to go. This was certainly not a “confidence builder.” But, we started down the mountain, twisting and turning, and when we arrived at the highway, that same voice said, “Turn right and proceed 7.4 miles to Highway 16, and left on Highway 21.” It was correct, and our faith grew.Trust and confidence are the most critical factors when looking for directions - especially our directions for life. Solomon assured us that “the integrity of the upright guides them.” To live with Integrity means that we are obedient to all of the commands and directions in the Bible.Consider Joseph: He was a man of great integrity, yet suffered greatly for being obedient. In the end, however, he was able to say: “God meant it for good! Look at these results!”Prayer: Guide us and guard us, Lord, and give us courage to be obedient as we seek and follow Your way. Fill us with Your Spirit who will protect us from evil. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.&nbs […]

  • Disgrace Or Wisdom: Our Choice
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    The word “pride” seems to be closely connected to those who are arrogant or who have an unreasonably elevated opinion or value of themselves. It presents a picture, in our minds, of one who looks down on others with an attitude of superiority or condescension. Often, we look at those whom we consider “full of pride” as also being “full of themselves and their abilities.” They cannot see God as the giver of every gift they have. In Hebrew, “pride” comes from a word meaning “to boil” and when water boils, it must be channeled or there will be an explosion.A person of “humility” is one who is seen as being submissive to authority, compliant and willing to listen, observe, and learn. A humble person does not attempt to keep others from being recognized or rewarded for what they have accomplished. Their modesty gives God credit for what He has done through them. And, they also understand that all things come from God and, in all reality, belong to Him.Is it any wonder, then, that Solomon says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with humility comes wisdom.” If we see ourselves as being above and beyond others, as possessing more ability and knowledge than others, more of anything and everything that others have, we find no room for growth and our need for wisdom, especially God’s wisdom. We “have it all together.” No wonder the proud end up in disgrace – they cannot see who or what they are.But the humble? They are open, honest, able, and willing to recognize their need for God’s guidance and His wisdom. They desire to know Him and be like His Son!Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize our limitations, temptations, and failures, and to depend on You to meet our needs for wisdom and guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with humility comes wisdom.&nbs […]

  • Double Standards
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    There is a theme throughout the Old Testament that needs constant attention: God will not tolerate business practices that are dishonest, false, or even questionable. It has its roots in the Law, is emphasized by the prophets, and has a place of prominence in Wisdom Literature.In Biblical times the phrase “dishonest scales” was used and meant “scales of deceit.” Also used was the phrase “a just weight” or “an accurate” or “perfect stone.” Merchants used “stones” as measures in place of coins and conducted their businesses by using balances and weighted stones. It was common knowledge that merchants had two sets of stones: one for selling and one for purchasing goods. When purchasing products for selling, they would use the heavier stone to gain an advantage over the person who was selling them goods to be resold. When selling their product to others, they would use the lighter stone, which resulted in the customer getting much less than what was paid for. Each stone was labeled, so the merchant knew he had the advantage.Doing business like this was an “abomination to the Lord,” was unacceptable to Him, and one He would not tolerate. On the other hand, “an accurate weight” found “favor with Him.”This comes as no surprise to His faithful. God will honor and bless those whose life is consistent with His ways, His Word, and in agreement with His teachings. He will “favor” them.Remember, the lives of those who profess to be His followers are always under His surveillance. He will honor their faithfulness to Him for the way they honor and treat others.Prayer: Convict us, Lord, when we are less than honest in any of our ways. May we live lives that honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:1 The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.&nbs […]

  • Focusing On The Future
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 10, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    “The way of the Lord” is a phrase that appears quite frequently in the Bible - most often in the Old Testament. Each time it appears, it is to be viewed as a “path” that God has laid out for His followers, or a path that winds through history as God deals with an individual, a nation or all of mankind.Solomon wrote that “The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but is a ruin of those who do evil.” It is important for us to understand that “God is a refuge” only for those whom he holds blameless - or those who walk in His way! With great trust, we accept Him and believe that only in Him, with Him, and through Him can we find a place of refuge, now and throughout eternity.God deals with each of us individually and as nations united by a common government. So, those who walk in His righteousness will always find a place of refuge in His grace and mercy because of His love. Evil and evil ones may surround and govern us, but as long as we remain faithful to Him, He will remain faithful to us. We have His Word and His record of faithfulness that His peace, security, and comfort will always be our refuge.The key to the promise of this verse is strictly an if/then. If we walk in the way of the Lord and have as our primary goal in life to be blameless or righteous, we can then be confident that He is and will be our refuge. We can count on Him at all times, under any condition for His peace and protection. However, if our ways are evil, we are then warned well in advance that His judgment awaits us.Prayer: Father, Your Word is clear: we can only expect You to be our refuge if we are faithful. Give us strength! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but is a ruin of those who do evil.&nbs […]

  • We Have Our Limits
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Solomon makes no apology when he writes: “The blessing of the Lord, it makes one rich.” That is the literal translation of the verse: “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth.” When he wrote that powerful statement, he made it abundantly clear that our resources - no matter how abundant they may be - are “limited” by God. It is the Lord who is faithful and who has the final word on riches, who gets them and when they will get them.No matter how hard we try, how many hours we work, what we do or the skills we possess, we - in and of ourselves - cannot produce wealth. All the wealth in the world cannot make one “rich.” If God does not add His blessing to whatever we have we are, in His sight, poor. On the other hand, one may have none of this world’s goods, yet be rich. How can this be? Rich but not rich? Poor and yet rich? It certainly seems to be contradictory.But it isn’t. Rich is in the eye of the beholder.Throughout his Proverbs, Solomon warns us that if we get the “riches” of this world through methods that are dishonest or deceitful, unfair and unjust, many problems will come with them. These problems may range from psychological to physical, legal to financial, personal to interpersonal or relationship issues. Godly living, God-honoring work, and God-centered practices bring joy and satisfaction, peace and true prosperity with them to those who live for the Lord and live righteous lives.God’s riches come with God’s blessings. And, His blessings are readily available, worry-free, come without guilt or fear of being exposed and shamed from having harmed others.Prayer: Father, may all that we do, bring blessings, honor, and glory to Your name. May we seek Your “riches.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.&nbs […]

  • Heart Health
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 8, 2019 at 8:09 PM

    “If it works, don’t fix it!”Most of the time our heart works well, and we rarely pause to think about it. Each day our hearts beat about 100,000 times. It sends 2,000 gallons of blood surging through the veins of our bodies, nourishing our organs and tissues. Although it is no bigger than our fist, it keeps blood flowing through 60,000 miles of vessels that wind through our muscles and flesh, and is held together by our porous skin. It is the controlling force of our lives. When it fails, life ends.The heart, in the Bible, is recognized as the center of our emotions, rational and irrational thoughts, our wills and desires. In the Bible, the heart is the “seat” of the entire personality.And, the heart, as described in the Bible, can be our most fundamental problem. What we store, keep or hide in our heart, is what we become and who we really are.So, as long as we “keep our mouths shut” we can deceive others. But, unfortunately, that does not seem to be possible. In the blink of an eye or a moment in time, we “let our guard down” and our true “self” becomes exposed to the world. We are “found out.”Solomon wrote that “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.” Jesus said, “How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”We hear amazing stories about surgeons who are skilled at “heart transplants.” But a heart transplant does not correct the problem of evil. Only Christ can correct that problem. So, He does not transplant hearts. He transforms hearts. When that happens, lives change.Prayer: Lord, come into and rule our hearts so others will know that Your Son, our Savior, rules our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. […]

  • Who Are The "Real" Heroes?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It is fascinating to walk through any community or mall - or even down a city street - and noticing the vast number of football jerseys that people of all ages and sexes wear. The names and numbers of their “heroes” vary as much as the sizes and shapes of the persons wearing the jersey.And, the dollar amount of this way of “identifying” with an athlete is growing. In 2015, four years ago, the total amount of money spent on sports clothing was more than six billion dollars.Sadly, many of those names and numbers represent felons, drug addicts, wife or child abusers, murderers, and violent criminals. Yet, their names and numbers are held in high esteem, even worshiped, because of their accomplishments in their area of sports.Walk through a mall or down any street and count the number of individuals wearing a T-shirt that has the name of Jesus or Paul or Stephen or Jeremiah written across the front or back. Only now and then will a T-shirt appear with some reference to something Christian on it. Sadly, too, its message is usually unclear or confusing to the non-believer.Solomon talked about “heroes” who “walked” Godly lives. “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to a godly life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” What a timely, challenging verse to identify the criteria for a hero. People look for, want, and even need heroes. Where can we find “heroes for Christ?”Hopefully, in His disciples. “By their fruits you will be able to identify them.”Prayer: Lord, we can’t hide who we are or what we believe or our values. May our lives represent You well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to a godly life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.&nbs […]

  • All Seeds Are Not The Same
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “What are you planting?” asked the salesman of the elderly gentleman.“Seeds,” said the old farmer, rather nonchalantly.“Of course they’re seeds. I can see that. I’m not dumb or blind,” he said with a bit of sarcasm in his voice.“Well, if you are so interested, hang around for a few months and see what comes up. You might be surprised. Might even be something you like,” came the reply.Planting seeds and gardening is a craft. It is done with care and concern. Nothing is left to chance, and the only uncontrollable aspect of farming is the weather.“The wages of the righteous is life,” wrote Solomon, “but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.” The word “wages” in this verse comes from the agricultural world and describes the crop or yield that is gained at the time of harvest. Earnings are the result of work. But both have a similar meaning: Our lifestyle and way of living have implications far beyond the moment. Righteousness brings a fulfilling life now, and after this life - eternal life with God. The alternative lifestyle, unrighteousness, is one of sin and leads to death - eternal separation from God.Our God is a just God and will reward each of us for the “seeds” we plant. Our old farmer knew what the crop would be from the seeds he planted. He didn’t have to wait and be surprised at harvest time. Neither do we.God’s Word leaves no doubt about sowing seeds and the coming harvest. “Do not be deceived,” is God’s warning, “for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.”Prayer: Father, may we examine our lives in light of your Word and plant “seeds of righteousness” each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:16 The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.&nbs […]

  • Is The Word "Love" A Cover-Up?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 5, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Do you know what today is?” Mary, my wife, asked.“Of course. It’s Tuesday,” I replied.“Well, is it anything more than Tuesday? Does it have a number and is there a month that goes with that particular number?” she asked with a faint smile.Looking at my watch, I said, “It’s October 24. Almost time for Halloween.” And that did it.First, came tears. Then, a few more words about forgetting important things - like birthdays. Then more tears. Not only was I embarrassed, but I was also humiliated that I forgot such an important date and event.“But, I do love you. And that should make up for it,” I said, thinking of the words of Solomon: “Love covers all wrong.” But does it?Love, God’s love, is the center of every relationship - beginning with loving Him. And when we learn to love Him as He loves us, it will have a preeminent place in our lives. It will be visible to all who know us - especially those in our lives that are special to us. They will be more than a name or number: they will be blest because we love them.The love that Solomon describes here is a love that “draws in and unites.” It invites people into our hearts and then bonds them to us as closely as two pieces of Velcro.We cannot use the word love as a “cover” when we do something wrong - as though we want the other person to feel guilty. True love, God’s love, anticipates a need long before it surfaces. It remembers the needs of others – because we all have similar needs. However, true love - God’s kind of love - reaches out to others as God reaches out to each of us.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be sincere and honest and pure when we say, “I love you!” May our love match Yours, in our deeds as well as words. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.&nbs […]

  • Why Live A Life Of Integrity?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Why” is a question that most of us try to avoid. It usually makes us focus on what we are doing, demands careful thinking, choice responses, and clear reasoning. It makes us refine our thoughts to give us the assurance that what we are doing or thinking is right.Solomon makes a profound statement when he says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”It is normal to want to feel “secure” as we go about life. “Secure” implies that we are able to face life as it comes, knowing that God is present in our lives and will provide whatever we need. Being “secure” eliminates fear and the anxiety that accompany it. And, if we want that feeling of security that only comes from God, Solomon says that we must “walk in integrity” or “live without compromise or corruption.”For some, that sounds impossible. We think about our past attempts to honor God in all things. We want to be an example to others as Jesus was: a witness of God’s grace, a helper to those in need, a friend to the lonely, and an encourager to the sick and suffering. But we allow things to get in our way and we “fall short” of who God wants us to be and who we, in fact, want to be. And, therein lies the secret: it’s all about what we desire.If our innermost desire is to bring all of our life into harmony with God’s Word, His will, and His ways, and if we consciously submit our lives to Him and live for Him, He will give us His security. We have nothing to fear if our deepest desire is to know Him and make Him known.Prayer: Father, the world makes many promises it cannot keep. But we have Your Word that never fails. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. […]

  • Know God - Have Life
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 3, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    “Ill-gotten treasures” bring many ideas, as well as pictures, to our minds. Some pictures remind us of events where we were taken advantage of by one who made no apologies for stealing our “property.” Other feelings are the result of a dishonest salesperson who hid the truth from us when we purchased a valuable item. Usually, there are many numbers involved in large transactions, and unless we know what to look for, it’s easy to become a “victim” of dishonesty.However, when we look at some “valuables” we have collected over time, there may be an item or two we obtained in less than honest methods. They were really “ill-gotten” even though they “belong” to us now.“Ill-gotten” is a strong phrase that means “treasures gotten as a result of wickedness.” We know that “wickedness” is not compatible with the character of God. It stands in complete contradiction to everything God values. It also cost Him the life of His Son. “Righteousness” on the other hand clearly states what God is: a God who is consistent with His Word and His ways. Our God despises unrighteousness and dishonesty because He is honest and just!Treasures are a gift from God. And, there is nothing wrong with having treasures – even great treasures. But, when they become the “center of life” or the “reason for living,” attaining them is self-destructive. They no longer bring satisfaction because they have no “lasting value” - and the “search” for more treasures continues.“Righteousness” delivers us from death: physical, spiritual and eternal. Those who live in “righteousness” have no fear of God because their search for “treasures” is found in Him.Prayer: Father, give us a desire to live for “things” that are eternal and have their source in You and Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. […]

  • It's All In The Family
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “The nice thing about friends is that you get to choose them. But, when it comes to family members, you’re stuck with what you get. And boy, did I ever get stuck,” said the comedian.No doubt that many of us feel this way about our Moms and Dads or brothers and sisters. And, even though names and addresses vary, all families have some things in common and some things that are vastly different. But, there are two primary truths that cannot be denied: One is that God intended parents to be the primary teachers and influencers of their children. And the other is that family ties are never completely severed no matter where parents or children eventually complete their lives. An invisible bond remains.The contrast between a “wise son bringing joy to his father and a foolish son bringing grief to his mother” implies that this family is “divided” or “dysfunctional.” It emphasizes the fact that the behavior of one member of the family affects the behavior of all of the other family members. This tragedy is seen throughout the Bible.The “joy” infused into the family by the “wise son” does not eliminate the “grief” that invades a family from a son who is “foolish.” The “foolish” son is the one who, by his behavior, brings “hardships” to the parents as well as others in the family.However, the “hardships” need not remain. Again and again, Solomon reminds us that gaining wisdom from God is a choice that will change. This is the result of being born again.Prayer: Because You love us, Father, no parent or child is beyond Your mercy and grace. Your Son offers us hope! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 10:1 A wise son brings joy to his father and a foolish son brings grief to his mother. […]

  • Compare And Contrast
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on April 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Right choices are sometimes obvious, occasionally hidden, perhaps difficult, unfortunately painful, and every now and then, when least expected, pleasant and rewarding. However, one fact never changes: with every choice we make there is a consequence that comes with it. Sometimes when we make a choice, the results may surprise us or others. Nevertheless, there are always consequences that can be enjoyable or exciting, painful and perplexing.Frequently the consequence of a choice is known at the time we make our decision. Other times it is “wait and see.” But we all know that “payday” will come someday.In the ninth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon carefully compares and contrasts the differences between a woman who is wise, and a woman who is foolish or “wicked.” Both offer an invitation to a feast they have prepared. Both are inviting people to enjoy their company. Both are sitting in a place of prominence where they can be seen and heard, recognized and rewarded.Wisdom, on the one hand, lacks nothing - it is complete, perfect, and readily available. Yet, wisdom must be pursued with lifelong diligence. It is a never-ending quest that eventually brings insight, will add joy, satisfaction, and ultimately, peace to life.Folly, or wickedness, on the other hand appeals to the senses, and even a moment of ecstasy following a time of excitement. It is temporary, though enjoyable, and seems to gratify some basic need. Folly has no future and is short lived. It brings no lasting satisfaction. It will provide an interlude of “escape,” but ends in destruction and death.Choices determine the outcome of life. Choose wisely. Choose God’s wisdomPrayer: Father, our choices are eternal. May we choose wisely. May we choose life. May we choose You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 9:1 and 3 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city.&nbs […]

  • Life Without God's Wisdom
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 31, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    “Finds life” or “loves death.” From one extreme to another. A contrast that is unmistakable and a choice that is crystal clear. It is one of the great “either/or” in God’s Word. There is a way of life or a path to death. And it is strange that some would not search for a way to live wisely and enjoy the blessings of God.One translation recognizes the choice as “one who finds me...vs…he who misses me.” There is a reward for searching for and applying God’s wisdom: “life and favor from the Lord.”Conversely, those who “fail to find God's wisdom - or those who sin against God - harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” Can the extremes be more clearly defined? Described?Here is a clear picture of a self-centered life - a picture of one who has made a willful, thoughtful choice after careful deliberation. It is a choice that is void of emotions or feelings. But, a choice, nonetheless.Earlier in the chapter wisdom is described as “a tree of life.” And if one chooses the “other path,” it is a “path to death.” Unfortunately, at the time the decision is made, the one making the decision may not be aware of that choice. Life may be too exciting, or too much fun, or too enjoyable, or death is “so far away” there is nothing to fear.The choice should matter to us. If we know someone, anyone who is without Christ, we are responsible to God to take His message of love, salvation, hope and eternal life. Otherwise, we contribute to that one’s death without hope of God. Witness and share His grace constantly!Prayer: Awaken us, Father, to our obligation to speak to those who are on the wrong path and unsaved. May we recognize our responsibility to You as well as others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 8:35-36 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.&nbs […]

  • Watching... Waiting... Wondering
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 30, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It was an unusually nasty night. The wind was howling fiercely as the rain pounded the roof relentlessly. The temperature was well below freezing. It was 3:30 a.m. and “Lady” had to “go” outside. With great hesitation, I opened the door and discovered a small Shih Tzu gazing upward into my eyes. She appeared frightened as she cowered at my feet.Her markings were stunning: grey, tan, white - even brown stripes on her ears. She “bumped” my ankle purposely with her nose and began wagging her tail as she gazed steadfastly into my eyes. Then, unexpectedly she laid at my feet as if pleading for her life.After carefully examining her, we realized that she had been abused and abandoned. Covered with dirt, fleas, and ticks, she needed care. However, Mary and I had agreed that as long as Lady lived, there would not be another dog allowed. Without saying a word, she used her pleading eyes and wagging tail to “force” her way into our hearts and home.After a few weeks, she became very attached to me. Constantly resting at my feet, standing patiently at the door not allowing me to leave without her, quietly waiting for me to make a move so she could join me seemed to be a statement that she could not live without me now.Listen carefully as wisdom speaks: “Blessed is the man and woman who listens to me, watching daily at my door, waiting at my doorway.”Bella is a constant reminder of those three very important words: listening, watching and waiting. How different life would be if our relationship with God centered around those three words.Prayer: Father, May we learn to depend completely on You as the way, the truth and the source of light for our lives. May we look to You and wait on You for our needs. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man and woman who listens to me, watching daily at my door, waiting at my doorway.&nbs […]

  • Behind Everything: God's Wisdom
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 29, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    It’s not an everyday thought. Nor do we look at the beauty that surrounds us, the miracles that invade our lives, the unexpected meeting of our needs out of nowhere, or waking up to see the dawn of a new day. Somehow, we rarely see, or acknowledge, or are even aware of the wisdom of God at work in our lives and our world.“I was appointed from eternity...from the very beginning before the world began, when there were no oceans, no springs with water, before the mountains were settled, before the hills, before He made the earth or its fields, or any of the dust of the world...before the heavens were set in place or He marked the horizons of the moon or established the clouds, or fixed the borders of the oceans and the foundation of the earth, I was the craftsman at His side!”What a description of the wisdom of God in creation! Before anything was, there was wisdom - God’s wisdom - present and at work, forming and fashioning, settling and securing everything. Land before water, skies before birds, heavens before the clouds - and on and on. First, His presence, then His plan and now His purpose. Things did not just “happen.” God’s wisdom was at work, is at work, and will be at work throughout eternityAfter looking at “wisdom at work,” Solomon says in simple, easy to understand words, “Now then, my sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep My ways.” In other words, now that You see My wisdom, understand My wisdom, accept My wisdom and apply My wisdom to your livesIn the end: “Whoever finds Me finds life and finds favor from the Lord.” What a Creator!Prayer: It’s almost impossible, Father, to comprehend the fact that Your wisdom is available to us if we seek it. Unsettle our hearts until You control them! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Proverbs 8:32 Now then, my sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep My ways.&nbs […]

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