Theme: Take action.
1. Proverbs 28:5 is part of a series of proverbs that can seem pretty obvious. Of course bad people don’t understand what is right and good people do! But does understanding what is right mean that you always DO what is right?
2. In Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Jesus tells his disciples a parable about a farmer who plants a good crop of seeds, but then an enemy comes in the night and throws weed seeds into the field. When the plants come up, the workers want to pull out all the weeds, but the farmer is worried that doing that will hurt the good plants as well. He tells the workers to let the good plants grow with the weeds, and that he will sort it out at harvest time. Jesus explains that the good plants are the people who belong to God’s kingdom. The weeds are evil people “planted” by the devil. As you listen to this episode, think about the sinful “weeds” that you see in the world. Is it frustrating to be a “good plant” when it sometimes seems like the “bad plants” are growing stronger?
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully
A: Barrels and a deep hole in middle of the living room.
A: There is a bad smell like rotten eggs coming from them.
A: They see two figures running away from the fire instead of towards it.
In this episode, it seems that things are going from bad to worse. Evildoers are running all over town destroying everything that was important to the KC gang. Though the young detectives are making some progress, it seems they are helpless to stop the bad guys!
Elijah could relate. His entire country was being run by evil king Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Jezebel was from a nearby country and had brought worship of the false god Baal with her. Prophets of the true God were being hunted down and killed. There had been a drought and famine in Israel that God had finally ended after Elijah staged a dramatic confrontation with the priests of Baal and defeated them (1 Kings 18:20-46). Now Jezebel was out for revenge and Elijah had gone into hiding. 1 Kings 19:1-18 describes how discouraged Elijah was. Even after seeing God’s victory against the prophets of Baal, he was ready to give up in the face of all the evil in the land. He was tired of fighting.
In Elijah’s moments of despair, God gave him encouragement, He sent an angel to give him food and water, and then God himself even appeared to Elijah, not in dramatic events, but in a small whispering breeze. He listened to Elijah’s frustration and offered him help in the form of a faithful partner. Then God encouraged him to get on with his work.
Sometimes you may feel discouraged about the sin in the world. When that happens, look for God to provide small, quiet reminders of his presence in your life, and look for other people to support and encourage you.
Keep your eyes open for God’s “gentle whisper” this week. Write down all the ways you are reminded of his presence. Do you see him in a beautiful sunset? The laughter of a friend? A home-cooked meal? A singing bird? A hug from a loved one? A special Bible verse? An encouraging song? Look back over your list at the end of your week to see all the ways God has shown you his goodness.