PonderingLife

To succeed in life is essentially based in how we respond to God and circumstance. It’s our choice in what we cherish in heart, think by mind and do with time; which we didn’t create yet are responsible for.

Kirk Booher

Your Word is a lamp – Pondering Psalms 119:105Nun

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.”

Psalms 119:105 – Nun

My take: Oh yes! Its impossible to successfully navigate an obstacle filled room yet the whole, world without light. You need to know where you are at and where you are going. The Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) was divinely inspired and expressly written to shed light on what we need. Jesus Himself claimed to be the light of the world. He incarnates the Word. He is the essence of it.

No analogy is perfect concerning God as He doesn’t fit into any earthly box or paradigm entirely. He is too big and awesome. Yet light is one. Think about this: If you think of a lamp inside your home. Jesus…the light. The Holy Spirit is the wire and receptacle…the connection. God the Father…the source, the power plant. We, His children…the bulbs, hopefully plugged in. It is by faith in the Word of God and the Gospel…the switch is turned on. We didn’t build a thing, it was all given to us. The question is do we want to walk in darkness or the light?

The word says people, left alone, prefer darkness….thankfully God didn’t leave us alone but we must flip the switch to see. Will you not ponder this and get plugged in if you are not already?

Also, think about the fact there is one Son of God, Jesus the Christ, and there is one Devil. Then think there is one source of light, just one sun for earth and there is one moon which has no power to shine of its own. Ponder that!

Isn’t light amazing. Jesus is the light of the world and the water of sustainability and the bread of life.

My prayer: First, Lord, help me stay and bask in your light. Second, may these words help one soul see You better and by light of Your Word to navigate successfully.

All things are Your servants Psalms 119:89 — 91


“Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.


Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.


By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are Your servants.”

Psalms 119:89 — 91

My take: Amazing! Look up and out! God needs no Hubble telescope. We are no cosmic accident!

My prayer: LORD, Help me to know You better and I get Your universe as bonus!

This creation, which you and I are apart of…are NOT some random accident.

We were creates with a #Purpose

6 Leadership Principles from the Old Testament

Don’t argue if you’re angry.

“Wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “Do you mean I’m never supposed to disagree with anyone?”

That’s not it at all! The Bible simply teaches that when we differ with someone, we shouldn’t quarrel. We can disagree, but we don’t have to be harsh.

The following principles from Proverbs point out that when we’re at odds with someone, anger doesn’t pay.

1. Self-control is paramount. Proverbs 29:11 (CSB) says, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.”  

2. People shouldn’t be protected from the consequences of their anger. “A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again” (Prov. 19:19, NIV).

3. Heated arguments don’t end well. “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out” (Prov. 17:14, NIV).

4. Being quiet keeps us out of trouble. “The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble” (Prov. 21:23, CSB).

5. If we’re quiet, we appear wise. “Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning, when he seals his lips” (Prov. 17:28, CSB).

6. We shouldn’t overreact to a leader’s anger. Defensiveness and angry responses often only incite those in authority to increase their intensity. “A king’s fury is a messenger of death, but a wise man appeases it. When a king’s face lights up, there is life; his favor is like a cloud with spring rain” (Prov. 16:14–15, CSB). 

The biblical way to differ with someone begins inside us. If we allow anger in, we’ll argue with the intent to dominate. If we instead try to arrive at truth that benefits everyone (even our opponent), we will speak with reason and conviction. 

Thinking back on any arguments you’ve had, do you recognize how anger might have influenced your words? Based on today’s Scriptures, how could you have handled those arguments better?

Written by Tom Harper