Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Theme: AVOIDING AND OVERCOMING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS

Text: “Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?” – Psalm 94:7-9.

Comment: It is natural for people given to deviant behaviours to always flock together and encourage one another believing that no negative consequence will follow their wrong actions. “They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?” (Psalm 64:5) It is therefore important for people who want to break from such behaviours to cut off their association with their former friends. They should not contend that no one should tell them what to do with their lives; and that nobody should stop them from having fun.  Some even argue that their anxiety and frustration get worse when they try to control themselves and that they cannot live without it –  which is a lie.

 

But the fact is that the laws God made for man are for man’s own benefit.  Anyone who deviates from the divine commands is undoing himself as he will pay for it sooner or later. Scripture says: “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Jeremiah 2:19) But apart from the punishment one will get on earth for deliberate acts of wickedness, there is still a future life after death when all would be raised to life and judged.  – 2 Corinthians 5:10.