Tuesday, December 5, 2017

THE ROLLING STONE

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 26

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The Abu Badd is a rolling stone used as a fortified door of a Byzantine monastery from an old village in Jordan. It is now on display on Mount Nebo in Jordan, the mountain top from which Moses viewed the Promised land. My son David Reynold Mainse must have set his camera on the tripod, put it on a timer, and walked over into the shot. Thanks Reyn for great photos.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

Key Verse: Proverbs 26:20

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

 

In the margins of the New King James Version, The Open Bible Expanded Edition, there are comments on our key verse and the two verses following it. It indicates that “talebearer” could have been translated “gossip.” Proverbs 26:22 reads, “The words of a talebearer [gossip] are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” Again the NKJV notes that gossip goes, and here is the literal translation, into “rooms of the belly.”

Proverbs 26:27b presents a dramatic word picture, “He who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.” This is in the context of talebearing or gossip. It talks of “fervent lips with a wicked heart” (26:23a). Just imagine pushing the stone pictured above and having it roll back to crush the person trying to hold the weight of false words.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that You will enable me to watch my words carefully lest they, like a stone, roll back on me. You’ve given me words here in Proverbs which produce life and not death. May my entire vocabulary be influenced by the “Wisdom” I am reading daily. I pray this in the Name of “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Today’s blog has me thinking of the rock group, The Rolling Stones. Through the years those Stones have rolled over millions of people, the lyrics of their songs leaving a lasting impression on young people particularly. Consider these lyrics: “I can’t get no satisfaction…’cause I try and I try and I try and I try. I Can’t get no…I can’t get no…satisfaction.” My answer? TRY JESUS. He’s the only One who truly satisfies!

Speaking of “rolling stones,” Bruce Stacey has created a great animated children’s production “Rez, the Rock that Rolled” (click here for a preview). I plan to put this powerful animated message on my laptop and show it to children, God willing, whenever I get a chance. Here is a link to where you can find it online.

Yours for the Rock that doesn’t roll, “The Rock of Ages,” a solid foundation for our lives,

David

10 thoughts on “Tuesday, December 5, 2017

  1. I like David’s suggestion to the Rolling Stones–try Jesus! Indeed, He is the only One who satisfies!! For all saints who need prayer, this morning–this verse is for you:

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’
    Num 6:24-26 NKJV

    Hillsong – O Holy Night – Lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjkvbTfjNpg

  2. Thanks Beverlee, I needed that. God bless you! You have also included a beautiful Christmas song that I like singing solo. Would appreciate your prayers for the next few days saints. Pastor David was right on, Try Jesus. God is good! Thank you Ron, Ann and Reynold for amazing photos.

    • Holding you close in prayer, sister Ger. The Holy Spirit just gave me this scripture for you:

      For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14 NET

  3. Yes, Amen…”TRY JESUS, HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN SATISFY” Halleluyah!!

    God’s blessing and love to all you saints!

  4. Ger I pray that the Lord will provide your every need and that He will keep you safe and continue heaping grace, mercy and peace upon you. In Jesus Name amen

  5. Sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday as I went out but I thank you sincerely you Irene, Beverlee and Sah for your faithful and loving prayers. The Lord did lead and bless me yesterday and is still doing so. God bless you saints!

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