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Throw Away!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

1 Corinthians 1:27-30

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption."

I am not sure if I am the only one who makes mistakes, but I sure do. This morning Joyce and I had just finished a relaxing time in the food court of a local super market. As we rose to leave, I was the “gentleman” and picked up her cup, my cup, a croissant and a sack of trash. As we passed the trash bin I dropped the trash in and we walked out to the car.

Everything was going well until I opened the door for Joyce and looked down at what I had in my hand. It was not the croissant, but the trash bag. Yep! You have it right—I had thrown the croissant away and kept the trash! Brilliant!

I have thought about this today and realize that we are prone to make the same blunder when it comes to spiritual values in our life. We presume to know more about what is good and what is bad in our life than God knows.

Remember a man in the Bible named Job? God boasted to Satan that Job was the most righteous man in all the earth. This God fearing man had no idea that there was a battle in heaven over his integrity. He only knew that calamity after calamity crashed over him.

In his misery he began to question the goodness of God. How could his righteous God allow such evil things to blast away the very fabric of his being? Have you ever been in situations that made you want to question the righteousness of God?

In Job 38, God responds to Job. Notice that God ignores the attacks of Job’s accusers. In verse 2 He asks Job this question; “Who is this that darkens My counsel with words without knowledge?” How would you like to be confronted by the Lord like that? Be careful how you answer. There will come a day when we all will have to answer that question!

In Job 42:5-6, we read of Job’s answer to God’s interrogation: “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." That is the response that the Lord is looking for in all of us.

God knows that we are not perfect. He knows our every thought and the motive behind each and every action we take. This is why we need to make sure that we do not throw out the precious things of God and find ourselves holding onto the worthless trash of this world. What are you holding in your hands?

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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