Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 18, 2018
Look, I [Lot] have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. Genesis 19:8
Compromise can corrupt and destroy, especially moral compromise. Lot capitulated to the mores of society. He was more concerned with losing face to strangers than in the protection and purity of his own daughters. Though he did not know they were God’s angels, it did not justify his wicked behavior. His moral compass was out of whack. He could see the wickedness in others but not recognize it in his own life.
The genesis of moral compromise is a blindness fueled by pride and fear. God’s standards are desecrated, people’s lives and eventually entire communities are in disarray, and even cultures are destroyed. We seek to meet the expectations of people over the Lord’s. So how can we see compromise coming? How can we make sure in our business, home, and ministry we do not capitulate to compromise?
First understand, teach, cherish, celebrate, and live out God’s standards. He is the absolute. He is equally as intolerant to sin as He is tolerant of those who walk in integrity. The Lord is intolerant of lying, stealing, adultery, and homosexuality. He is tolerant of truth, character, worship, love, and obedience. Model God’s tolerance and intolerance.
A society that does not seek to establish laws based on divinely mandated morals will cease to be a thriving society. This is true throughout history and within all groups of peoples. From families to government there must be a moral consciousness to survive. Otherwise, there is an implosion resulting from unrestrained immorality.
Humility asks, “Do I see the moral blind spots in my life?” “Have I asked friends to help me identify them?” “Do I hold high an uncompromising moral banner based on God’s truth?”
Remove even the smallest carriers of compromise. “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Songs 2:15).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me a sensitivity to sin that I might not flirt with its allure, but flee from its influence, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationAre there any small compromises that I need to confess to the Lord and others?
Related ReadingNumbers 32:23; 1 Samuel 14:38; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Colossians 2:8 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2
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