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July 1, 2021 8:00 pm
In the novella Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy, main characters Sergey and Masha meet when Masha is young and impressionable. Sergey is an older, well-traveled businessman who understands the world beyond the rural setting where Masha lives. Over time, the two fall in love and marry.
They settle in the countryside, but Masha becomes bored with her surroundings. Sergey, who adores her, arranges a trip to St. Petersburg. There, Masha’s beauty and charm bring her instant popularity. Just as the couple is about to return home, a prince arrives in town, wanting to meet her. Sergey knows he can force Masha to leave with him, but he lets her make the decision. She chooses to stay, and her betrayal breaks his heart.
Like Sergey, God will never force us to be faithful to Him. Because He loves us, he lets us choose for or against Him. Our first choice for Him happens when we receive His Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice for our sin (1 John 4:9–10). After that, we have a lifetime of decisions to make.
Will we choose faithfulness to God as His Spirit guides us, or let the world entice us? David’s life wasn’t perfect, but he often wrote about keeping “the ways of the Lord” and the good outcomes that came from doing so (Psalm 18:21–24). When our choices honor God, we can experience the blessing David described: to the faithful, God shows himself faithful.
Thanks for joining us for this daily encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading was written by Jennifer Benson Schultz and it's titled choosing to honor God in the novella family happiness by Leo Tolstoy main characters Sergey and Marsha meet when Martha is young and impressionable surrogate is an older well-traveled businessman who understands the world beyond the rural setting where Marshall lives. The two fall in love and marry, they settle in the countryside, but Marsha becomes bored with her surroundings surrogate who adores her arranges a trip to St. Petersburg. There Marsha's beauty and charm bring her instant popularity just as the couple is about to return home. A Prince arrives in town. Wanting to meet her survey knows he can force Marsha to leave with him, but he lets her make the decision. She chooses to stay in her betrayal breaks his heart like surrogate God will never force us to be faithful to him because he loves us. He lets us choose for or against him. Our first choice for him happens when we receive his son Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sin. After that we have a lifetime of decisions to make. Will we choose faithfulness to God as his Spirit guides us or let the world entice us. David's life wasn't perfect, but he often wrote about keeping the ways of the Lord, and the good outcomes came from doing so.
When our choices honor God.
We can experience the blessing David described to the faithful God shows himself faithful today Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Psalm 18 verses 20 through 27. The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness.
According to the cleanness of my hands. He has rewarded me for I have kept the ways of the Lord. I am not guilty of turning from my God. All his laws are before me. I have not turned away from his decrees.
I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin. The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness.
According to the cleanness of my hands in his sight to the faithful. You show yourself faithful to the blameless you show yourself blameless to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are hot. Let's pray dear God, this world is enticing and it can be easy to be lured away from you.
We pray you would give us clear eyes. They keep you in focus and always place you first in our lives. Thank you for always being faithful to us, may we always be faithful to you is in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries