TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, July 18, 2019:
Self-satisfaction, often while unaware or unconcerned with unpleasant realities; pleased with one’s advantages or accomplishments, often without awareness of or concern for some, defect, problem or potential danger.
For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
And it shall come to pass at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, the Lord will not do good, nor will He do ill.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The writer of Proverbs, in the verse we have put above is giving us wise words of warning. He is telling us that willful carelessness in our faith and indifference toward doing God’s will in our life will have consequences.
When we choose to ignore God’s advice and have it our way we create problems for ourselves that will destroy us. God is a Holy God and because He is Holy, He does not tolerate sin. He will judge and punish those who are content to disobey His commandments and live in sin. Many do not take God at His word that He will really bring punishment upon them.
Zephaniah has a strong word of warning that such thinking is wrong. Zephaniah says there is a coming Day of Judgment. He is saying none will escape the punishment of the Lord on that day. The people were indifferent toward the Lord and their indifference has led them to regard God as morally indifferent. Just because we do not suffer immediate consequences to our sin does not mean it does not really matter to God. It does matter and God will hold us accountable.
Sadly, we see far too much complacency in the church today not only here in America but worldwide. Just like the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14 they have become lukewarm. They have become self-satisfied and no longer have a vital relationship with the Lord. They have become complacent in their faith. Complacency leads to indifference toward God and is the first step toward shutting God out of our life. The verses from Proverbs and Zephaniah that we have put above strongly warn us of the danger of complacency toward the Lord and the truth of His Word. It will destroy us and bring God’s judgement and punishment upon us.
James admonishes us in chapter 4, verse 16, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” If you are among those who have become complacent in your faith and have become indifferent toward God, here are some suggestions:
• Reestablish your relationship with the Lord. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8. He wants you to come to Him.
• Read the Bible every day. The Word of God will instruct you and guide you to live in obedience to His standards and keep you from sin.
• Spend time in prayer every day communicating to God and ask for His guidance.
• Flee from the temptations of the world.
• Hold fast to your Biblical standards. Do not compromise your faith to become politically correct.
• Trust the Lord and obey His commandments. Read the TEN COMMANDMENTS often.
• Seek His righteousness.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ephesians 2:8-9.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Help me not to be complacent about my faith in You. Do not let me be persuaded to compromise my Christian standards to comply with the standards of the world.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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