Friday, June 13
Posted: Friday, June 13
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Verse of the day:
Whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 17:5)
Have you ever been cut off by a speedy driver only to find them later pulled over? It’s hard not to feel a sense of satisfaction when you see the officer writing them the ticket as you drive by. They wronged you! They deserve their ticket and the embarrassment of being pulled over! Solomon warns against this attitude though—He warns us that if we rejoice over others misfortune we ourselves will be subject to punishment.
Paul teaches us in Romans 12:15 that we should “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” It’s easy to live out this verse with people we like, or when people who we feel do not deserve trials are going through them—then we can weep with them. But when it comes to those that we feel “deserve” what they are facing…well then we have to fight the feeling of satisfaction or joy that things aren’t going their way.
When we take on this attitude of satisfaction at others misfortune we have let ourselves become the judge and jury in their lives. We have elevated ourselves to a place that is only fit for God to be in. When disaster and misfortune comes it’s an opportunity to humble ourselves and ask God what he would have us do to minister to those going through it.
When do you find it hard not to “gloat over disaster” in others’ lives? Ask God to help you be aware of these attitudes and to give you wisdom in how you can help those that are going through difficult
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor