Compare and Contrast

Day 254

Prayer for the day

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.

Scripture for the day

Proverbs 13-15, 2 Corinthians 5

The writer of Proverbs uses a very effective rhetorical technique to ensure that the student learns well: he uses contrasting actions and beliefs to play foils. The righteous man is like this, says the writer, while the unrighteous is like this. In contrasting the two ways of being, the writer sets up a natural arc for the believer to follow: the way of life versus the way of death. There is the way of the world, and there is the way of God, and the two do not meet. They are working toward entirely different ends.

Paul has similar things to say with regard to this dichotomy. He speaks of viewing Christ in a “worldly way” before he was enfolded into the arms of the kingdom. When he belonged to Jesus, his view of Christ changed, and he began to view Jesus (and everything else) through the eyes of faith. In fact, says Paul, if anyone is in Christ (committed to Jesus), there is a new creation that takes place. He is newly made, his eyes are newly made, and the way he views the world is newly made. He is able to see the things God is doing more clearly, able to discern between the ways and things of the world and the ways and things of God. And when he is able to see and hear and taste the difference, he becomes a new man, seeking God’s best in the world, desiring to please and love his God.

May you be newly made, and newly see all the new things God is doing.

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