An article on why we should have faith in God even on our worst days. God does everything for a reason. And he lets certain things happen to us for a reason. Slept late? Maybe God was just trying to keep you out of a harmful situation. All of us would benefit from considering God’s reasons the next time something happens to us.
Devotion for the week of 9/8/14-9/14/14
Surely you’ve heard these sayings before. They both mean someone who uses words to their advantage. People whose lips drip honey tell you what you want to hear although they don’t mean it, because they want to use you for something. Smooth talkers are people who have a way with words and get people to do what they want them to do. The Bible mentions both of these things in Proverbs 5:3-4. Solomon was the primary writer of Proverbs and he wrote it to men. So in these verses he is warning men about women like this: ‘Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words are smoother than oil, in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword.’ He is talking specifically about adulteresses, but there are people like that who are not adulteresses. They appear to be normal, harmless people. Perhaps people you really trust. And it’s not just women, there are also men like this. We all must be careful about how we let the people in our lives affect us. We must be able to discern between what is right and what is wrong. Once we can do that we can guard our hearts as we are told to do in Proverbs 4:23. The smooth-talkers whose lips drip honey have an ulterior motive. Be mindful of that and be careful about who you trust.