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Wasting Energy

”You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.  Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.” Psalm 9:5,6 

This passage is a reminder that David understood and lived in the truth that God was in control. He could see the wicked, and He would have His way. Knowing that God can see the evil that is transpiring around us should bring assurance to our lives. David knew that the wicked would have their day of punishment and would get the punishment that was just.  

Would it satisfy us to know that the nations will be punished for their actions? When we think of all the wickedness that happens around us are we content knowing that God is in control and will bring judgment? David did not seem to waste time seeking revenge or vengeance. Retaliation can waste our time and deplete us of the energy to serve.

We have all been wronged, but what if we turned the other cheek when it visits us? When the temptation is to seek revenge or even stand in judgment of their actions, at that moment, we need the reminder to turn the other cheek. Jesus says it so well,  

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:9 

Imagine what life would look like if we did not hold grudges and forgiveness was immediately active. What needs to be done in our lives for us to stop wasting energy on the enemies around us.

Today in the Workplace:

Are you wasting energy? 

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Keeping it Clean
in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. Psalm 26:10
David mentioned he washed his hands of all impurities, unlike the wicked whose hands are full of wicked schemes. But he also knew that his hands could easily lay prey, and he desired to keep his hands full of the love of God instead of participating in the wickedness around him.

How quickly we can become involved in the slightest offense when we take our cues from the world. There are many practices which may seem right in the world but don’t hold up in the Word of God. There are many ways which may even bring prosperity to our families, but our hands may have to become dirty. How quickly temptation may face us to tell a white lie or cheat to gain a bit of status, but once again we soon find our hands dirty.

It is a slippery slope, and it often starts with the small things, the ones easily justified. The question becomes, are we going to take the Word of God as our authority for the decisions we make or are we going to allow the influence of the world to guide our way? Seeking God’s Word as the authority may not always make us wealthy or the easy way, but it sure will bring abundance in the heart.

Today in the Workplace
Are there ways which may seem right in your life but don’t line up with the Word of God?
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