29 June 2011

Devising Devices

Proverbs 14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

According to Mr. Webster, to “devise” is to invent; to contrive; to form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts; to excogitate; to strike out by thought; to plan; to scheme; to project.

Simple question.  What do you devise?  What do you plan?  What do you turn over and over and over in your mind?  What keeps you up at night?  What wakes you up at night?  What are you always thinking up? 

Another way to get the gospel out?  A better way to be a witness?  Another way to be a blessing to somebody?  Another way to minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ?  A word of encouragement?  A better plan for your devotional life?  A way to save a few extra dollars to give to missions?

Or something else?  How you’re going to keep from getting caught when you do that?  How to manipulate that situation to your advantage?  How to get one over on that guy you just can’t stand?  How to make a few more bucks so you can indulge your covetousness?  Or just how to get out of doing what you know is right?  How to justify yourself for doing what you shouldn’t or not doing what you should?  How you can meet the minimum requirement set by your parents or your preacher so they’ll keep off your back?

Just something to think about.  What do you devise?