WELCOME BACK to another week of "What are YOU Learning?" hosted by Gina at Chats with an Old Lady.
This week, I am going to begin a "study" under the theme of "Does it REALLY matter????"
At my small group Bible Study we have been discussing eternity and life here on earth. We listened to a great song, Motions, by Matthew West that prompted a question, "Does it matter if we just 'go through the motions'? Does it matter if I live passionately for God, or can I just blend in with the world...doing what 'everybody else is doing'? Why does it matter how we live? IF we're saved, then we're all going to Heaven, so what's the difference?"
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (verses 1- 7)
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;do not fret- it leads only to evil.For evil men will be cut off,but those who hope in the LORDwill inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;though you look for them, they will not be found.But the meek will inherit the landand enjoy great PEACE. (10-11)
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;but the LORD laughs at the wicked,for He knows their day is coming. (12-13)
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;for the power of the wicked will be broken,but the LORD upholds the righteous.The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither;in days of famine they will enjoy plenty. (16-19)
But the wicked will perish:The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they
will vanish- vanish like smoke.
If the LORD delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm;
though he STUMBLE, he will not FALL, for the LORD upholds him with His
hand.I was young and now I am old; yet I have never seen the
righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.They are always generous and lend freely;their children will be blessed.Turn from evil and do good;then you will dwell in the land forever.For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones.They will be protected forever,but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;the righteous will inherit the land and dwell forever.
(23-29)The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is
their stronghold in times of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them;He delivers them form the wicked and saves them,because they take refuge in Him. (39-40)