Proverbs 28: King James Bible
No Big Deal – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verse 24
24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse -No Big Deal
I can almost hear it now… Having raised a whole bunch of kids, I believe that gives me the qualifications necessary, to translate where it says, “It is no transgression,” in the King James, to “It’s no big deal,” using the modern vernacular. I’m sure many of you are parents and are just as qualified who have been on the receiving end of this as well.
Kids (particularly teens) and young adults say the phrase “It’s no big deal,” to either persuade parents to not come down on them as harshly after transgressing a rule, or use it as an excuse to dive into something that they shouldn’t. Whenever I hear a kid saying “hey, it’s no big deal,” I can’t help but get the same feeling that would come from hearing “Hey, watch this!” from a lunatic.
How many of us have had to go through periods of time living with a companion of a destroyer? I’d bet many of us can say that we have. Sometimes it is a phase, where they think they can get away with absolutely everything, until they learn differently. After getting caught enough, and in trouble enough, this behavior remains short lived when parents put their foot down.
But for others, they never seem to break out of that mindset, and continue throughout their lives taking and stealing, truly living up to the reputation of a destroyer’s companion. Either they are too stubborn to care about repercussions they’ve suffered in the past from this behavior, or they truly did get away with it all their lives, with parents that didn’t do anything about this behavior early.
No big deal, not a problem, life goes on, they’ll get over it, they’re my parents, they have to love and forgive me, so on and so forth. Stealing from parents sounds extreme until you observe how that behavior acclimates. When kids feel that they’re entitled to your stuff, then they’ll make use of that entitlement and do whatever they want with it.
Now, time to turn this on its ear, and unleash it upon ourselves, rather than a kid toward his parents.
Do we feel entitled to do whatever is right in our eyes with the things that our Father has given us? Do we rob from our Heavenly Father, thinking that it’s no big deal, He’ll get over it, not a problem? He loves us so he has to forgive us, etc..
Our Father says vengeance is his, yet are any of us vengeful? Our Father says that whatsoever is under the whole heaven is his, yet do we abuse the things that he has given? He tells us that the silver and gold is his, do we do right by him with these and other material items? Do we steal from the Lord, and think that it’s no big deal?
How about those who twist God’s Word into something never intended, in order to find a legal ground to sin? That is among the worst things we could do, because those who do it will only multiply the consequences upon their own heads. Even worse are those who twist the Word then teach it; stealing opportunities from the hand of the Lord, where he could impact the lives of others if the Word were preached properly, not wickedly.
I’d like to see someone try and pull “it’s no big deal” when time comes to stand before the Father and give an account. The examples could go on and on as to how many different ways we could be considered stealing from the Lord.
This (alongside so many other things) is something that we should be mindful about, being the children of the Lord. Sometimes when a verse seems directed toward kids, it’s also towards HIS kids.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Matthew 22: King James Bible
21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
John 10: King James Bible
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Romans 2: King James Bible
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Romans 10: King James Bible
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Thank you for the verse above, and bringing to our attention that you are closely observing what we do with all of your things, and with every gift you’ve given, be it physical or spiritual, talents or strengths. Help us all to avoid carelessly abusing all that you have given us to enjoy, but to always stay mindful that it is only by your good graces that we exist, period. Let us not grow complacent, losing fear of you as we develop an entitlement mentality. Renew our hearts and minds to fear you in the manner that pleases you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
As a kid, have you ever stolen from your parents and thought it was no big deal?
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