My You Version devotion is good to share this morning.
A man purchased a parrot. Unfortunately, he soon found out his bird had a lurid vocabulary. The man had a friend who also owned a parrot. This bird had been taught to only sing hymns. So the man decided to put the two birds together. He hoped that the hymn-singing parrot could teach the swearing bird better language. After leaving the birds together for some time, the man found–to his dismay–that the hymn-singer forgot his songs and took up the questionable language of his new companion.
Ezra saw the same kind of deterioration among the Israelites. They married foreigners and, rather than raising them to meet God’s standards, the Israelites were dragged down by evil influence. Ezra went to God in desperate prayer seeking a solution (Ezra 9:5-15). He was ashamed that God’s people had so soon forgotten the bitter lesson of captivity. God heard Ezra’s prayer and through him brought the people back to Himself.
There are two important lessons in Ezra’s prayer. First is the vital importance of choosing the right friends. We do become like those closest to us in many subtle ways. Second, we must notice that Ezra first talked to God about the problem; he did not complain to others. We often criticize first and then pray. May we learn to pray for those entrapped by evil. And may we choose our friends as if our life depends on it. It does.
I particularly noticed: And may we choose our friends as if our life depends on it. It does.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
What’s that old adage? We are known by the company we keep.
Acts 4:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (emphasis mine)
Keeping company with JESUS!
LORD JESUS, teach us, train us to keep company with YOU.
Blessings to you Dear Friends +++
Remember YOU have the God-given RIGHT to do right in this wrong world!