Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life Day 52


“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

The Proverbs say…

The LORD by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens.
20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up
And the skies drip with dew.
21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 So they will be life to your soul
And adornment to your neck.
23 Then you will walk in your way securely
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25  Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the  onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence
And will keep your foot from being caught.

Proverbs 3:19-26

Wisdom uncovers and understands wickedness, a perversion of the truth.  The pretense of the Pharisees that day was the law, but the truth was they were lying about their true motives.  They wanted to trap Jesus.  Wickedness works that way to warp our vision and wreck our values.  Get the wisdom of God.  The more we understand who God is, the more we will understand who man is not.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:  The Game of Life Day 51


Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”                                       John 8:12

Something else we need as we travel through this life is wisdom.  The preacher of Proverbs writes:

1 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2  Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding; Proverbs 2:1-2

And then he says…

For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

To travel through this life, we all need light, and wisdom becomes the light we need for the journey we’re on.  Wisdom is the result of knowledge and understanding, of education and experience.  Those things are found in Jesus who lived constantly in the light of God.  In the dark, we hurt ourselves and others but in the light, we help ourselves and others.  Walk in the wisdom, the light of the world, Jesus.  Don’t just know what, know why; then you’ll know the when and where.  Find Jesus and follow Him!

Wednesday, Sept 8, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 50

“Sacred: Forgiveness”

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground                            Genesis 4:9-10

Something that is sacred to the family is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is sacred to any relationship, but especially to marriage and family.  And it’s not just a matter of releasing forgiveness, it is also a matter of receiving forgiveness.  Forgiveness isn’t just something we say, it’s something we surrender to. 

God came to Cain asking, “Where is Abel your brother?”  To forgive we need to know what we are forgiving.  To receive forgiveness, we need to know why we need forgiveness.  It’s at this point that Cain decides to live in frustration and failure rather than forgiveness.   Refusing to take responsibility and react in rebellion, Cain misses the opportunity to find forgiveness.  Left in his guilt, Cain finds himself with a life that is difficult and one that can’t produce to it’s potential.  Cain is left wandering in life and builds the city of Nod or the city/life of wandering. 

Forgiveness is key to every aspect of life and God comes to us with forgiveness if only we will surrender to it.  Forgiveness is sacred to the marriage, the family and the community.  Without it we are all left with a hole in our hearts.  Keep forgiveness sacred.  Do what it takes to find it for yourself or for others.  With forgiveness we can all move on in a life that has the potential of God to satisfy.   

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 49

“Sacred:  The Spirit”

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.                            Genesis 4:9-10

Take care of your heart,  your spirit, it is the heartbeat of your life.  Your spirit is the one thing that comes directly from God, to be with God and live for God.  (Zech 12:1)  It is sacred and if we don’t handle it with honor, we will hurtle it with hurt.  Our spirit is to be the motivation of our lives.  If we don’t take care of the inside, we won’t be able to care for the outside

God came to Cain and asked, “Where is your brother?”  Dealing with the spirit of a man involves asking good questions, not making bad statements.  God comes caring for Cain, but Cain must care too.  Defiant and defensive Cain rejects responsibility and chooses to remain in resentment and rebellion.  That becomes Cain’s choice, but it also becomes Cain’s curse.  Cursed because he wouldn’t repent before God and yet God still acts in kindness toward Cain.  Cain brought it on himself, and so do we when we refuse to take responsibility for our lives and reject God’s great love.  We end up cursing the very things we want and need.

God created the family to nurture the spirit and God shows us how to do that sort of thing.  Approaching and asking in love we address the spirit, not the skin.  If we are willing to address the inside, we will be able to act on the outside.  Keep your spirit sacred.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions: The Game of Life Day 48

“Sacred: The Family”

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? Genesis 4:6
Everybody is somebody’s child, and everybody should be in somebody’s family. God has ordained the family for everybody to be under somebody’s care. The family is to be sacred and everyone in the family is sacred to God. All lives matter and those that don’t, don’t think all lives matter either.
Families are filled with faces and faces fill the family’s time. The Bible says, “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.” (Prov 15:13) and “As water reflects the face, so the heart of a man reflects the man.” (Prov 27:19) What’s really sacred, isn’t the smile but the spirit of a person. But if you watch the face you can see the spirit. God came to Cain asking, “And why has your countenance changed?” Cain had become offended and angry. He had become offended and angry because he wouldn’t trust God. That’s the issue in every angry life. Cain brought God what was leftover. Able brought God what was first. Able trusted God first, Cain turned to God last. That’s not how life works. But God came to Cain, like every parent should with their children, and asked why he had lost his smile, told him where he could find a new one and pointed out what would happen when he did find a new smile. What’s really important is not the smile but the spirit, however, the spirit affects the smile.
Everybody needs somebody to care about their spirit. God made the family and the church family for that very cause. That will mean keeping their face in our eyes, their spirit in our hearts, and the person in our space and time.