The reading for today is Psalm 14.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?
5 There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. 6 You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
This passage brings back an unpleasant memory for me. I was part of a religious tradition focused on approaching strangers to share the Gospel. While I was generally graceful in my conversations, there was this one time when I encountered a man who rudely told me to leave him alone because he didn’t believe in God. I responded by telling him God had spoken of him in the Bible, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Then I walked off and left him standing there. Terrible, right? I would never do that now and I regret having done it back then.
If you aren’t already familiar, there’s a famous Youtube clip by Penn Gillette (famously outspoken atheist) who was approached lovingly by a Christian who shared the Gospel with him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6md638smQd8
Today I am reminded to ask myself two questions: Am I being faithful to share the Gospel? Am I being loving and peaceful in the way that I do?
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen. (Psalm 19:14)
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For everyone to seek after God.