TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, January 24, 2019:
Self-satisfaction, often while unaware or unconcerned with some defect, problem or potential danger; pleased with one’s advantages or accomplishments.
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 settled in complacency or stagnant in spirit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The writer of Proverbs, in the verse we have put above is giving us words of wisdom. He is telling us that willful carelessness in our faith and indifference toward doing God’s will in our life will destroy us.
Complacency in our faith will cause us to become lax in obeying God’s commandments. We will neglect reading the Bible and spending time in communication with God. And we will find excuses not to go to church.
In the verse above from Zephaniah the writer is talking about the coming Day of Judgment on Jerusalem. He is saying none will escape the punishment of the Lord on that day. The people had become indifferent toward the Lord and their indifference had led them to ignore God’s commandments.
They had been warned that they would be judged for their disobedience, but they did not believe God would do what He said He would do. God is patient with us. He does not judge us immediately. He gives us time to repent. As a result, many people’s concept of God is that God is not really involved in our lives and is not a real force in shaping world events. The reality is that God is all-knowing. Nothing escapes His notice and He is still in control.
Sadly, we see far too much complacency in the church today. Just like the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14 they had become lukewarm. They have become self-satisfied and no longer had a vital relationship with the Lord. They were doing nothing for Christ. 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 cited above strongly warn us of the danger of complacency toward the Lord. It will destroy us and bring God’s judgement and punishment upon us. No one will escape God’s judgement. God is Holy and therefore He will judge and justly punish all who are content to live in sin.
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 into a right relationship with Him.
• Spend time in prayer every day communicating to God.
• Flee from the temptations of the world.
• Hold fast to God’s Biblical standards. Do not compromise your faith to become politically correct.
• Trust the Lord and obey His commandments.
• Seek His righteousness.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 57:1.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
Help me not to be complacent about my faith in You. I repent of my sins and disobedience. Keep me faithful in obeying all Your commandments and keep me committed to serving You.
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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