I stayed within the boundaries set by my teachers and took great joy in pleasing them.
Reference: v.10 Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I was pretty much a complete goody two-shoes at school. I stayed within the boundaries set by my teachers and took great joy in pleasing them.
Even when the class was disruptive and in disarray, I would do my best to complete my work to achieve good grades.
Although I knew that I was an easy student to have in the class, I still appreciated praise. I can remember my grade six teacher telling the whole class how much he enjoyed reading my diary. I remember my prep teacher telling my mother that I had read all the books in our classroom library.
Although these comments were made over twenty years ago, I still remember them and recall how much they meant to me at the time.
Application: The majority of the Israelites were turning away from God and disaster was falling on their nation. However, God did not turn His back on those who remained righteous.
His prophet was instructed to tell them that all would ‘be well with them’. Even though they must have been able to see the difference in their behaviour from those who rebelled, God still knew the importance of giving them encouragement and hope.
God does not leave us behind. He notices our righteous behaviour, even when all others are acting differently. We will all reap the fruit of our actions and God will not leave a good deed unrewarded.
Prayer: Lord, you are aware of all our actions. Thank you for supporting us when we can, at times, feel out on our own. Amen.
When have you received much needed encouragement?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.