July 12, 2010

Things of God

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 12, 2010

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23

The things of God contrast with the things of man. God says, “Trust me”—man says, “Can He be trusted?” God says, “Be patient”—man says, “I want it now!” God says, “Focus on the eternal”—man says, “Live for today.” God says, “Give and get blessed”—man says, “Get and get more.” God says, “Serve”—man says, “Be served.”

But it is the things of God that become a building block, not a stumbling block for belief. In fact, we play into the schemes of Satan when we think in the realm of the temporal and dismiss the eternal. This is an ongoing challenge, because one day we can fly high by faith and the next day we live defeated in unbelief. Thus, be careful to think through the paradigm of Providence and don’t pander to the perspective of uninformed people.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The things of God trump the things of man. So when you have the opportunity to offer a severance to a departing team member—be generous—not greedy. When your spouse or child reacts in emotion to your actions—be understanding—not defensive. When a financial issue surfaces un-expectantly—be prayerful and creative—not fearful and angry.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

The things of God are time tested and proven. So, there is no need to try an unrighteous route, when the righteous path is the road best traveled. Think on the things of God recorded in His word and you will flush out the things of man. Counterfeit beliefs are best exposed by authentic ideas from the Almighty. Jesus pushes the things of God in the forefront to be followed and respected. His favor rests where His things are revered most.

“O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant” (2 Samuel 7:28).

How can I better trust the things of God over the things of man? What one thing can I change?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 12:31; Job 37:5; Luke 5:26; Acts 14:15; 1 Corinthians 1:27

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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