Our Daily Bread: Forwarded
- READ: 2 Timothy 2:23-26 Appended
God gave them over to a debased mind. —Romans 1:28
Recently, I listened to an audiobook by a militant advocate for atheism. As the
author himself read his own work with spiteful sarcasm and contempt, it made me
wonder why he was so angry.
The Bible tells us that a rejection of God can actually lead to a more hateful
attitude toward Him:
“Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over
to a debased mind . . . [to become] haters of God” (Rom. 1:28-30).
Turning one’s back on God does not lead to secular neutrality. Indeed, recent
militant atheists have shown their desire to remove any reference to a Creator
When we hear about atheists trying to remove crosses or the Ten Commandments
from society, it’s easy to respond to their hatred of God with our own hatred.
But we’re exhorted to defend the truth with an attitude of love,
“in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant
them repentance, so that they may know the truth” (2 Tim. 2:25).
The next time you see the works or hear the words of a hater of God, do an
attitude check. Then ask God for a spirit of humility and pray that the
offender might come to the knowledge of the truth. —Dennis Fisher
Lord, help us not respond in kind
To those who hate and turn from You;
Instead, help us to love and pray
That someday they’ll accept what’s true. —Sper
Defend the truth with love.
2 Timothy 2:23-26
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know
they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but
must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be
gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them
to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and
escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.