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“Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.” Psalm 17:4

We may all have people in our lives that try to lead us astray. They try to get our attention through the flesh, just like David had individuals who tried to bribe him. There is no specific detail on the bribe, but we are told he was tried.  However, he found a way to keep himself innocent on all accounts. David’s way out was the Word of God.

When temptation comes our way where do we turn? We could easily fall when the lure is presented through a close contact. In the workplace, the attraction could be robust enough to pull us into conforming.  Falling into the temptation could be easily viewed to our advantage. It could lead to advancements in the workplace if we will only take the bait. However, we soon find that what we thought would give us a substantial career only leaves us less than what we were created to be.

When we stand on the Words of God as our guide, they will contradict many workplace practices. The question becomes, “Will we remain or fall into the trap of temporary success?” This problem begins in the heart and answers the query of what we value most. David could have succumbed to the temptation of bribes to avoid hardship. Have we in any way taken the bait of an enticement, because it promised an easier way than what God was offering? Are we waiting on Him to provide or taking matters into our own hands?


Today in the workplace:

How’s your heart?


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You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23

There are many things in this world we can admire. There are many famous people we may stargaze over because of all the abilities they have been given. We may soon be finding ourselves praising them and honoring them to the place they get all of our attention. We see them behind the TV screen which grasps a lot of our daily attention. We would instead praise the celebrity or athlete behind the screen than the One who is truly worthy.

This isn’t to make us feel guilty, but it is written to change us. David called out and said for those who fear the Lord, Praise Him. If we admire God, then praise should be a daily heartfelt response. Maybe our hearts have been overtaken by false idols, and there isn’t enough room for fearing God. Could it be, we have allowed to much space to worship idols instead of the One True God?

David called out to the descendants with an an exclamation point behind his statements. He knew there would be other idols trying to compete with the fear of the Lord. We too are descendants of Jacob and like our ancestors, it’s time to honor, revere and praise His name. It could be time to get rid of what’s taking the place of our daily praise! Making praise a regular exercise will conquer the invasion of the idol.

Today in the Workplace
Is praise a daily part of your life? Who are you praising?
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