Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 December 2009 Proverbs 13:15‏

Proverbs 13:15     Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
 
Oh Friends, it’s the Lord’s Day, so ‘chant a chant, and give thanks for the morning!’ Offer up some thanks and praise for being granted the supreme privilege of seeing another day cause it’s so good to be alive. Don’t you just feel marvellous and exhilarating when you open your still sleepy eyes in the morning and see the bright sunlight shining through your window and hear the birds chirping their early morning praise? Yes, that’s what they’re doing; giving thanks and praise for another glorious day of being alive. And so too should you lucky ones who see the sun and hear the bird’s choir everyday. For us in the northern climes that won’t happen for another few months, but that should not prevent us from also giving much thanks, just for being alive. And I have an interesting quote to share, which gives great advice to us all. ‘Never let life’s hardships disturb you. After all, no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.’ Wise words, gospel my people, reputedly said by one Nichiren Daishonen. We should not let the difficulties of life disturb or overwhelm us, since it’s inevitable that all humans will face problems on planet earth, even men of great faith and wisdom. And I have to laugh, because I’m having a difficulty, a hardship right now, trying to decide which of five scriptures to use for Today’s Bit. Yes, I’ve begun writing although I’m not sure what I’m writing on. But that’s just my faith showing through cause I know that the Sprit will eventually lead me in the right direction. Now all five scriptures seem applicable, but none really jump out at me, saying; ‘I’m the one!’  So, following the advice given above, I won’t sweat it. I’ll just pick one and write on it. Hn! And which one did I choose? As so often happens, I chose the first one I came across. Don’t you just hate that? After going through lots of stuff, you end up using the first one. Chuh! Anyway, the Bit says: ‘Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.’ The problem though is that not only transgressors have it hard, but so too do believers. Although Jesus said; ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light;’ (Mat.11:30) He also declared: ‘And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.’ (Mat.10:22) And also: ‘Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all those things will they do unto you, for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.’ (John 15:20-21) Yes Friends, believers will have it hard in this world simply because they are believers, and the unfaithful will also find it difficult, because that’s just the way life operates. However, whereas the transgressors have no recourse, the first part of the Bit gives hope and great expectation to believers. ‘Good understanding giveth favour.’ Now that’s an awesome truth believers should all hold dear. And what does it mean? Let’s check out Cousin Sol’s exhortations to obedience: ‘My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy (LOVING kindness) and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding (high esteem) in the sight of God and man.’ (Prov.3:1-4) There you have it Friends; the whole story on good understanding and favour. It all comes from following the Lord’s precepts. So, though life may be difficult for all, and sometimes more so for us believers, if we persevere in the faith, trusting Christ and surrendering our whole lives to Him, obeying His will and living as He desires, then we’ll certainly be blessed with His mercy, wisdom and understanding in our time of need. So don’t give up. Muddle and putter through, but NEVER, NEVER  give up, for with Jesus as our guide and leader, there’s always a bright light at the end of any tunnel of darkness, and all sadness and troubles only last for a while anyway. Then, at the very end, the transgressors will be cast out into eternal darkness with much weeping and gnashing of teeth. However my Friends, for those who sincerely endure and persevere in the faith, there will be great exultation. Everything will joyously morph into one huge celebration; eternal life with Christ! Wow! So let’s encourage ourselves and each other, to do our duty: LOVE our God; LIVE our Faith, and SPREAD His Word. Much LOVE!…when the going get’s rough…believers get going…

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