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Read Proverbs 8:22
If some corporate position is the god of your life, then something terrible occurs within when it is no longer a future possibility. If your career, however, is simply a part of God's plan and you keep it in proper perspective, you can handle a demotion just as well as you can handle a promotion.
It all depends on who's first and what's first.
Breaking the magnet that draws things ahead of God is a lengthy and sometimes painful process.
There is a line found in the Jewish Talmud that puts it well: "Man is born with his hands clenched; he dies with them wide open. Entering life, he desires to grasp everything; leaving the world, all he possessed has slipped away."...
Just remember: Whatever is in first place, if it isn't Christ alone, it is in the wrong place.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Rather than lamenting our culture’s failure to acknowledge our great and powerful God, let’s turn our full attention to Him who is enthroned above us, who reigns over us, because He alone is our shalom, shalom.
Despite knowing in my heart God is sovereign, I battled with stress every day. Not hearing back from potential employers felt unbearable and I was consumed with helplessness and worry.
To “train up a child in the way he should go” refers to bringing up a child according to their natural bents, interests, and inclinations. It is not meant as a guarantee that if you expose children to the Gospel they will embrace it and never turn away from it.
Where does understanding justice begin? The term “justice” begins with God. Justice is rooted in the character of God and is not an outside principle to which He must conform. “He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair.