Daily Devotional for Thursday April 18, 2019

Scripture:

Proverbs 17:5 “He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.”

Observation:

Maybe it was you. Recently, at a hardware store, I ran into an old acquaintance. We had met many years before, and if you noticed, I did not call him a friend. He was one of the guys who had picked and mocked me through high school. A few weeks later, I ran into another person from my past. Notice I did not say friend again. This guy happened to be one of the guys we picked on during that same high school year. It was awkward in each meeting. One I felt angry, and the other I felt sad. Today's verse speaks that the one who mocks the poor taunts his Maker. That Maker is God, and when we mock those we are taunting God. The verse continues to state that those who rejoice at calamity will not go unpunished. Now I know we all know God is a loving God, but He also punishes those as the verse says. Remember I started the devotion by saying maybe it was YOU. We might have been the one who got mocked, or we might have been the one mocking someone else. In either case, it's not a good thing and never will be. I didn't learn from being mocked not to do it to someone else and that makes me sad. Maybe you are too. We can begin again today and live without mocking. It never gets us anywhere close to God. Something to think about, I know I will be.

Application:

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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