Daily D – Leviticus 5:1
Leviticus 5:1 ‘If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible.
Passengers were boarding the plane delivering us from San Diego to Fort Worth when a pretty young woman whose seat was next to the window in my row stopped to place her bag in the overhead storage. However, she had a meal container in her hands.
Seeing her dilemma, I asked if I might assist her. She smiled and handed me the cardboard box and asked, “Would you mind holding my sandwich? It is too good to mess up.”
I dutifully held her sandwich as she wrestled her bag into the bin. This is not what I expected when I offered my assistance. A large man sat between us and fell fast asleep as soon as we were airborne. I never got to see what kind of sandwich I had held.
Cecil Ray is a name familiar to some in Southern Baptist circles of a certain age. He wrote several books one of which was entitled, Living the Responsible Life. This title comes to mind when reading this verse from Leviticus.
For community life to work, each of us has to live responsibly. We are responsible to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth regarding what we see and hear. We are responsible to God and we are responsible to those involved in whatever matter is before us.
Community is fractured when truthfulness is not a common value. Anyone who misuses the truth in any way damages our ability to get along with one another peacefully and productively.
Our relationship with God is hindered when we hurt ourselves and others through any lack of responsibility.
Some people live more responsibly than others. Responsible lives accomplish more of enduring value.
This is a simple truth. Practiced faithfully, it makes possible many good results. This reminder today could be the nudge we need along the way. Let us commit to ourselves, to one another, and to God the ways of responsible living.
I will live a responsible life.
Our Father, I want to honor you and serve others by living a responsible life. May others find me dependable and trustworthy. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.