Saturday, July 17, 2021

Daily Devotion: Thinking the Worst

Bible Reading: I Chronicles 19:1-5 & 16-19

Key Verse: Verse 3 – “But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?”

Key Words: Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father

We are told in Philippians 4:8 how we are to think, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

It was very obvious that Hanun, King of Ammon, received some bad advice because their thinking was all wrong. Their thinking was not true, just, pure, lovely, nor was it of a good report. It was not virtuous (morally beautiful) and it did not produce praise, but war.

When our thinking is Godly, praise is the end result; but when our thinking is wrong, conflict ensues.

Don’t you know Hanun had to be thinking, “Why did I do that?”

Stephen Olford was blessed with a long and fruitful ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. Olford Ministries International in Memphis, Tennessee, is his legacy. His passion was for training pastors, preachers, teachers, and leaders in effective, expository preaching. In his book Preaching the Word of God, he pointedly reminds us: “(The preacher) cannot afford to be influenced by the reaction of his congregation, or the opposition of his critics: he must remember to think apart from others and think on what God desires.”

Hanun would have done well to think only of what God desires, then he would not have one of those moments in which he asked, “Why did I do that?”

What to do:

What we think usually becomes what we do. So think Philippians 4:8.

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