Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, July 30, 2020


Text: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” – Psalm 37:37-40.

Comment: The words of David in the citation for today can easily be proven even from day to day experience. The man or woman who is upright in words and deeds and continues doing the right things will enjoy peace.  He may not be materially rich, but he will not be assailed by accusations that he had cheated, lied, deceived or stolen from anybody.  The benefits of honest living are more clearly seen over time because of the high regard people have for the man who relates with others with a perfect heart and loves his neighbour as himself. (Ecclesiastes 9:13-16)  Truly, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)  Peace will be the lot of the man who does not follow the majority to do evil, but speaks the truth always. He ensures that records are not falsified or make an innocent person to be punished or denied justice.  (Exodus 23:2, 7) Peace will redound on the person who is known for keeping his words or promises, whose yes is yes and nay, nay. (Matthew 5:37) Such ones will live to enjoy the fruits of their labour but the wicked will reap emptiness, curses even from those who initially supported them and will end up unlamented. – Proverbs 10:27.

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