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Genesis 43-46; Psalm 15

Psalm 15 is one of my favorite Psalms. The question it poses is a great question that we all should consider. Here is David’s reply:

Those who lead blameless lives.- Count me out. It doesn’t take too long for me to make account for my life to realize that blameless is not a good description for me. Am I a “good” guy? Do I do “good” things? I would say yes, but this is not a grade on the curve kind of question. There is an objective standard. I fall short.

Those who do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.- Once again, I do the right thing some of the time, but not all. I can speak the truth, but sometimes I remain quiet. Sometimes I speak the truth but my heart is not right. Sometimes my heart is right but my mouth is silent.

Those who refuse to slander others or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.- Finally one that I feel good about. As a general rule, I don’t speak ill of others. I may judge specific actions, but I cannot speak to motive or heart. I am not a violent so harming neighbors is not my thing, in fact it is getting to be snow blowing season around these parts. And though I like a good joke, and I claim sarcasm as a spiritual gift (it really isn’t) I don’t speak evil of my friends.

Those who despise persistent sinners, honor the faithful followers of the Lord and keep their promises even when it hurts.- I hurt for those whose lives have been wrecked by sin and long for them to know the peace and hope that is offered through Jesus. I hate how their actions hurt themselves and those around them. I do my best to honor those who have gone before us and look forward to the day when I’ll get to see some of them again (Ray Moyers, Wade Lowery, Dennis and Lorrita McKinney, among others). I don’t always keep my promises. It’s not that I don’t want to, but sometimes life gets in the way and causes me to make a choice between my promise and my responsibility. Thankfully I have been able to keep these to a minimum, but I am not perfect.

Those who do not charge interest or accept bribes.- I have lent plenty of money that was paid back. I have learned that when I lend money, it is a gift, if it comes back, great. My job is to steward the resources God has given me so that I can use them best for Him.

These are the people who will stand firm.

This is exactly how Joseph saw his position in Egypt. He could have returned evil for evil, but what good would that have done. Instead he saw that God brought him to Egypt to protect and provide for his family, God’s special family, the one through whom He was going to bless and save the world.

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~ by mikefoster on January 21, 2016.

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