Friday, January 20, 2012

What Goes Around . . .

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Proverbs 11:5-6 "The righteousness of the upright shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness."




I visited a home several years ago in which there were boxes everywhere, stacked floor to ceiling. It was a sight to behold! At some point, the dear folks who lived there started collecting things which in time owned them.

Sometimes we do the same thing with trouble. We buy trouble that we could get for free. That is not smart! Proverbs 11 reminds us that what you own today may own you tomorrow. If you buy wickedness, you are going to own it; and at some point, it will own you. "The wicked shall fall by his own wickedness . . . transgressors shall be taken in their ownnaughtiness."


In contrast, verse 17 says, "The merciful man doeth good to his own soul. . . ." Do you want mercy in your life? If you give it, you will get it! That truth works in the positive and the negative. What you own today will own you tomorrow. Will it be wickedness, naughtiness, and cruelty, or will it be mercy?


If you look for trouble today, you will find it every time. Proverbs 11 is full of examples of the truth that what you own will own you. Which sounds better, being owned by evil and wickedness, or being owned by God's mercy and grace? As the saying goes, what goes around comes around. Will you spend your day buying trouble or buying goodness?




Prayer Requests:

- Ranch evangelists preaching this weekend in North Port, FL; Clermont, FL; Ripley, TN; Gilbert, AZ; and Ocala, FL



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