Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Why Do Good?

“Finders keepers! Losers weepers!”

That statement, which some think comes from an ancient Roman law, has provided guidance for the decisions of many children. It has also found its way into the lives of many adults. If someone loses “it,” and someone else finds “it,” what’s the right thing to do?

In Deuteronomy, the Hebrews were told that they were to care for and return animals, as well as any property that someone had lost, to their rightful owners. The reason for this rule is that when we protect and return the property of another person, we are kept from being envious and greedy. Envy and greed seem to be the “gateway” to almost every other sin.

“Turn from evil and do good,” advises David. He wanted the “just,” those who lived “moral lives,” to know that the Lord loved them and that He would always be faithful to them. Additionally, David added, that the “just” will “inherit the land” - have eternal life.

How blest we are to know that God wants us to have hope in Him and look forward to being with Him throughout eternity. God has placed within every heart a longing for Someone to bring completeness and purpose into their life. The emptiness, the loneliness, the “desire for something more” is the “inheritance” that awaits those “who turn from evil and do good.”

But there’s more than the future inheritance to look forward to: God’s presence every day of our lives. He loves the “just” and “will never forsake the faithful.”

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son Who gives us hope in this life and the one to come! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.

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