Daily D – Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. PHILIPPIANS 2:14-15 (NLT)
The moon arose last night in all its autumnal brilliance as I drove home from a long day of training via Zoom. Even as the sun set in the west, the moon’s reflection of the light bearer illumined the sapphire skies. Wispy clouds glowed from the double exposure of rays above and below. How beautiful. How serene.
Below, cars rushed from point to point, people sought personal advantage, and politicians and their enablers argued while tossing verbal bombs. I prefer azure evenings and soothing sunsets.
The two verses preceding these two in Philippians 2 talk about our salvation as something God works into us that we in turn work out. He transforms our hearts and minds and we reform our ways. Those things that hurt us and others lose their appeal as we desire more and more those that build up us and those we serve.
Transformation changes our outlook. We prefer beauty to banality. We invest our lives in those good things that stand the tests of time. We step away from those that demean, belittle, and separate people into warring camps over money, sex, and power.
Transformed apprentices of Jesus do not complain much. They argue much less. They are engaged in much less conflict. Their lives shine in delightful contrast to those who are always seeking an advantage or pressing a point.
As the moon reflects the sun on a crisp autumn evening, may we reflect our savior to a debate-driven crowd. May we light a better way forward for a nation and a world reeling from conflict and pandemic. There is a better way. There can be a new day. Shine God’s light; show the way.
I will shine like a bright light as I reflect the beauty of our Father’s Son.
Our Father, work your salvation into us. Empower us to work it out in beautiful contrast to the gathering darkness. Use us to illumine this world with your brilliance. May we demonstrate the positive alternative to the vitriol of our age. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.