JUNE DEVOTION THE CHRISTIAN CONNECTION:
IT’S NOT EASY BEING GOOD
BY MYRA F. SMITH
BIBLE VERSE: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (1 John 2:17)
There have been several stories on the news recently about “pranking”. One of the stories featured teen-aged boys in grocery chains, running through the store, grabbing bottles of milk and juice, and slamming them down. They get up, slipping and sliding, acting like the victim and not the perpetrator. This makes my blood boil. Someone has to pay for their prank; some poor soul has to clean this mess up, and society pays for bad behavior with more prisons, deaths from careless drivers, drug related deaths, and so on.
It’s not easy being good, is it? Jonah knew that. He disobeyed God and swam around in a whale’s gastric juices; David lost a son for lusting after Bathsheba; Peter was rebuked by Jesus many times, for saying one thing and doing another; Saul was knocked off his high horse for being a bully and a Christian killer. There are numerous examples in the Bible of bad behavior. The disciples weren’t saints; Jesus hand picked them not because of who they were, but who, with His guidance, they would become.
It’s not easy being good. We struggle with making good choices every day, and many times we fail. That’s the bad news. The good news is that God forgives us, loves us, listens to us, and changes us. So, the next time we feel like being bad, let’s say “No” to the world and “Yes” to God.