Proverbs 20: King James Bible
The Lord Giveth – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 12
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – The Lord Giveth
Eyes to see and ears to hear, the Lord made them both, but for what? Another question, do we use our eyes to see what the Lord had intended us to look at? Or do we listen to the things that the Lord had intended for us to hear, when he fashioned our ears into shape?
This is an area that we as Christians need to be very careful. Yes, we are saved by grace through faith, not by works lest any man should boast. Jesus did all the work involved in order for all of us to qualify for salvation through his name and through him.
However, that isn’t an excuse, or a license to sin. Our sin may be paid in full on an eternal level, but not in the temporal. We will indeed get hit by a truck if we choose to jump in front of one, right? You won’t be without damage because you’re saved.
Though our salvation is sure, we’re not there yet. Some of us have plenty of time left to bear punishment or consequences for deciding to sin. And just by virtue of us being saved and washed by the blood of the Lamb, this world will insure that we will pay as dearly as possible for anything that we choose to do, that is sinful.
The wages of sin is death, and that statement isn’t only referring to someone passing away because of sin. That rule applies to whatever the case may be. Physical death, death to public life (which is something we can see unfold in the news every day with all of the different allegations that are coming out against politicians and celebrities on a daily basis of late), death to your finances, death to your peace of mind, death to your home or family as a whole, etc..
Death will always find more than one way to skin the cat of sin. You sin against your spouse with infidelity, sooner or later there will be death to that relationship. Sin against your friends (gossip, backstabbing, whatever), that’ll be death to your friendship. Use finance to sin, you’ll be experiencing death there too. I think you get what I’m saying.
So, what does any of this have to do with the verse up above? Tons. The Lord has given us everything, from what we are fortunate enough to take for granted, such as sight and hearing, to every facet of our lives.
But who do these things wind up serving? Do we use what the Father has given us for his glory, and to use toward fulfilling his purposes?
If we’re honest with ourselves, I’m confident we can all vomit up all kinds of different things that we do with what the Father has given us, yet neglect the purposes the Lord had intended in the first place. I’m the one writing this, but that by no means is to say that I’m not guilty, I’m just typing what the Father has placed on my heart.
So as I say these things, I don’t judge anyone but myself. I would suggest you do the same, because the only time you are doing right by judging anyone, is when you are judging and assessing yourself honestly.
If we use our eyes for what the Lord intended, and our ears to hear the things that he intended us to hear, a mouth to speak the things that is good and pleasing to him, and a heart that was after him always, how much different our lives would be for the better?
When we find out how to properly use what the Lord has given us , then we find out that there are all kinds of unnecessary problems that just begin to wash away, and the farther we get from using our members to sin, the more straight our path becomes before us.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Romans 6: King James Bible
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Thank you for your grace and generosity in all that you’ve given, and all that you’ve yet to give. Please forgive us who misuse anything that you may have given, and have mercy upon those of us who have taken what you’ve given, and used it to serve sin instead of serving you. Cleanse us of such things Lord, and please change our hearts to be always looking for the reason that you’ve given us anything, and lead us to the right conclusions, so that we do what you will, with the things that you have given us. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the Lord giveth, do you misuseth?
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