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Open Fear

Solomon noted that while evil men may lengthen their lives by wickedness, the wise path is to “fear God, to fear Him openly” (8:12).
 
Fearing God “openly” means to publicly fear Him. This is fear clearly demonstrated, exposed for the entire world to see. This point offers several lessons:

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Prayer’s Victory

Today’s Verse: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18).
In Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua’s vision of a man who said he had come as the captain of the Lord’s host and when Joshua bowed down to him, the captain said, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so since it was time to pray to God for the conquest of Jericho.

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Tomorrow

Ponder: “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:27).
 
I read Colin Powell’s latest book, “IT WORKED FOR ME In Life and Leadership.” He has thirteen rules for life and leadership. The first one is, “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.” I like his opening statement about this rule. “Well, maybe it will, maybe it won’t.”
 
How often have you gone to bed with a nagging problem weighing you down, and in the morning it was still there and just as bad? Powell goes on to say, “This rule reflects an attitude and not a prediction.” Jesus said, don’t be consumed by worry; worry solves nothing and changes nothing. When we allow worry to dominate our thinking, we can easily fall into a constant “woe is poor me” attitude.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). This is a strong verse. Let the Father know not just by asking, but with begging and with an attitude that He will take care of you. Also, you must be thankful for past answered prayers and for His being a loving, caring Father. Sometimes, after we earnestly pray, the problem is still with us. Like Paul and his thorn, we might need to accept that God’s grace is enough.
 
We know that all things can turn out for good. Read Romans 8:28-39. It is just that we stop short of God’s time table because we want an answer right this instant.   Plus the fact that we fail to see the future like God does. Just trust your Father, who cares for you, and turn your worries over to Him. Our Father will make things better tomorrow.
 
Song: “Be Not Dismayed Whate’er Betide”
 
Our Father, often I worry and stress myself out by keeping my concerns bottled up within me when I could turn all my worries to You. Father, I trust You, please help my trust to grow. I ask this in the name of my Lord, Jesus. Amen.
 
Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
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