Passages today, January 4, in the “Necessary Food” Bible reading plan: Genesis 4:1-26; Job 2:1-10; Isaiah 3:1-4:1; Matthew 2:13-23; and Romans 1:18-32.
ATTITUDES are a big deal! They are the fertile seedbed out of which flow our ACTIONS! I think that is probably why the Bible warns us in Proverbs, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow all the issues of life!” (4:23)
Many times we telegraph our attitudes in our countenance… our face (and other non-verbals) reveal how we feel, how we think, even what we are contemplating. I know my attitudes have sometimes led me to do what displeases the Lord – to sin! I know, my facial expressions, have telegraphed my bad attitudes and intentions (my wife, Sharon, can pick up on it in a moment, as well as I am sure others)!
I thought of that this morning in my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord!” Here’s the passage that brought the issue to mind…
“In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it!’ Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him! Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ He said, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (from Genesis 4:3–9 ESV)
As a result of reading that passage, this is what I jotted down for myself in the margin of my Bible this morning… “LeRoy, watch your attitudes, they’re important! And then do what you know pleases God!” I believe that will help me as I move forward in 2021 to keep me from sin and please the Lord!