...is a real Devil!
28 The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
but the godly are as bold as lions.
2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
3 A poor person who oppresses the poor
is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
to obey the law is to fight them.
5 Evil people don’t understand justice,
but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
6 Better to be poor and honest
than to be dishonest and rich.
7 Young people who obey the law are wise;
those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.
8 Income from charging high interest rates
will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
9 God detests the prayers
of a person who ignores the law.
10 Those who lead good people along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,
but the honest will inherit good things.
11 Rich people may think they are wise,
but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,
but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor
as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people,
but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave.
Don’t protect him!
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm,
but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
19 A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,
but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
21 Showing partiality is never good,
yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
22 Greedy people try to get rich quick
but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
far more than flattery.
24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother
and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
is no better than a murderer.
25 Greed causes fighting;
trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish,
but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
Earlier, I was going over some papers and came across this devotional taken from my software. I first published it on:
There is a legend about an Arab prince who had a beautiful horse that all men admired. One man in particular tried to buy the horse, but the owner would set no price. One day the prince was riding across the desert. He saw the body of a man lying in the path, apparently exhausted. The prince dismounted and put the unfortunate traveler on his horse. Immediately the traveler revived, straightened up, and rode off. It was the very man who had tried so often to buy the prince's horse. Now he had obtained him without paying anything. "Wait!" cried the prince. "Please tell no one how you got that horse." "Why?" laughed the thief. "Are you afraid they will laugh at you?" "No," said the prince. "I am afraid it might hinder someone from offering help to some other traveler whose need is genuine."
"No one ever suddenly became depraved," wrote Dame Junian of Norwich, and it is certainly true. We begin with little compromises and then larger compromises. At first we have much pain of conscience, and then less and less pain of conscience, and finally none.
When Francis P. Church wrote his now famous article, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," in the New York Sun, he was, of course, not really writing to children at all. He was writing to all of us. In his famous answer to a little girl's letter is this line: "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see." Who can deny that? Is love real? Is hatred real? Whether or not you have faith, you know that faith exists. Doubt, unseen, exists.
Even when men go to war, they go not to die for visible material things but for the unseen values of patriotism, loyalty, and love.
Francis P. Church was right. "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."
See: Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Ephesians 6:16; Hebrews 11:1