NUGGETS OF WISDOM

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HAVE FAITH IN YOUR FAITH –

Asaph’s positive way of responding to a crisis with faith is repeated here by his descendants. This time it was the Syrian King Sennacherib’s army that invaded Judah. Although things looked bleak, the composers of this psalm wanted God’s people to know that no matter what ideas their enemy entertained in order to defeat His children so they could gain control of everything for their benefit, He had other plans (Read 2 Kings 19:32-37). They were encouraged to hold onto their faith, because their Creator would not relinquish control to those who did not worship Him and were not “the called” according to His purpose. God may allow the wicked to do their work, but He will never call on them to do His work.

O One True God we offer You praise after praise after praise! For when our ancestors told us about all the plans You have for us, Your presence became even more real. You once said, ‘When the right time comes I will do what’s right; even if there’s rioting and chaos I will put things back in order.’ So to fools and radicals we say, ‘Be careful! Don’t be conceited! Don’t go around bragging about yourself in a stuck-up and insulting manner! You can’t get ahead no matter how many friends you claim to have in high places. It’s the One True God, not man, who decides who triumphs. The LORD Eternal has established the rules by which He measures success; and like it or not sinners must do things His way. Here’s my status: I’m already praising the One True God that Jacob served for victory; for the plans of evil-minded people are already headed for failure; and His plans that bring victory to the right-minded are already in place and ready to go.” Psalm 75:1-10

Reflection: Bette Nesmith Graham, a single mom raising a son while working as a bank secretary in Dallas, Texas was looking for a better way to correct the errors she made while typing. As an amateur artist she knew how to paint over mistakes on canvas, so why not find a way to paint over mistakes on typing paper! So she mixed some water based paint to match the color of stationary, put it in a little bottle and took it to work. She started using it to correct typing errors; it was so good her boss never noticed the typos. Soon another secretary begged her for it. So she filled a little bottle and wrote: “Mistake Out” on it and gave it to her. Before long the word spread and all the secretaries in the building were asking for some. She ended up using her blender at home to mix batch after batch. It became so popular she started selling it on her own. Then she contacted various marketing agencies and companies like IBM, but they all turned her down. Bette was smart enough to get a patent and began her own enterprise that earned her $3.5 million annually. Soon she found a buyer and sold her idea for $47.5 million. Her product then became known as “White Out.” The Psalmist exhibits the same attitude we see in Bette; not giving up just because no one around believes in the method she used to solve a dilemma. The company that failed to see the genius in Bette’s invention was forced to watch a rival firm take the idea and make billions of dollars. So from both the Psalmist and Bette we can learn a lesson on how God can direct our lives. After all, He knows the future better than we do. The question is, do we trust Him enough to go against our doubters and become what God wants us to be, by doing things His way, not their way?

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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