Are you in the downward spiral or in the uplifting arms?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son,
and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the LORD tests the heart.
A wicked man listens to evil lips;
a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool–
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.
He who covers over an offense promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
A rebuke impresses a man of discernment
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
An evil man is bent only on rebellion;
a merciless official will be sent against him.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his folly.
If a man pays back evil for good,
evil will never leave his house.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent–
the LORD detests them both.
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,
since he has no desire to get wisdom?
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge
and puts up security for his neighbor.
He who loves a quarrel loves sin;
he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
A man of perverse heart does not prosper;
he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
To have a fool for a son brings grief;
there is no joy for the father of a fool.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him.
It is not good to punish an innocent man,
or to flog officials for their integrity.
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.
(Proverbs 17:1-28 (NIV))

It seems that society has chosen to forget these words from Proverbs. How far we appear to have fallen!

We fell from grace through Adam and Eve. We have been offered redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ. For those who have accepted that redemption, grace has returned. For those who have not accepted that redemptive grace, the fall from grace continues to grow worse. The laws of gravity appear to apply to a fall from grace also. Unless you accept help, you continue to fall, spiraling ever farther and faster from God. This is what we see in today’s society. Spiraling farther and farther from God’s Will. But it is not hopeless. Those who are on this spiral must be made aware of the gift of God’s Grace. He accepts us where we are and removes us from the sin and the spiral and then lifts us up, even though we do not deserve it.

Where are you? In the downward spiral or in the uplifting arms?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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