“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands because of your name,
1 Kings 8:41 NLT
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
2 Samuel 14:14 NLT
At some point, you would think that people would wise up to harm it does but instead we just hear excuses and protests about how innocent it is to have 1 (or 3 or 6 packs) of beers a night. Articles on how healthy it is to have wine, only later new articles about how it’s not as great as they thought.
Not only does alcohol poison the body, in excess, it turns normally decent people into monsters. It is one of the temptations we could do without.
Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.
Proverbs 23:29-30 NLT
We don’t see the big picture as we live our lives day to day. We might have plans and keep a fraction of a big picture in our heads as we make decisions, but what we see is only a tiny slice. For every ripple in the pond we create, we only see or anticipate a couple rings…God sees it all, beginning to end.
We can’t understand why things happen when they do or why good people suffer. We can’t understand why bad people seem to be rewarded, or why no matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to work out as we want.
There is some good news though. We don’t have to understand everything, we’re not even meant to. There is a measure of relief and freedom in that.
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 20:24 NLT