Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Five C's Or Two G's Proverbs 30:7-9 The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing
will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.(Psalms 84:11)
Young people in Singapore
at one time aspired to have the five C's. Cash in
the bank. Career for the future. Car to
drive. Condominium to live in. Credit card
to travel with.
A recent newspaper report
indicated that there is now an updated version of the five C's: Connectivity to
be tuned in. Choices, and the more
the merrier! Cheek—doing things our own
way. Causes, because it is hip to help. Consumers who
spend first and pay later.
Instead of the five C's,
Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30, asked for two G's from God: His grace and goodness. He
sought the grace of God to “remove falsehood and lies far from me” (v.8).
He didn’t want to fall into the trap of believing that corrupt
principles, practices, and affections are acceptable.
Agur also asked for
the goodness of God to provide what he needed—no
more and no less (vs.8-9). He was concerned that poverty could cause him
to become covetous and to disgrace God’s name. But he also realized how
easily riches could pamper him and cause him to deny the Lord.
Which do you desire more?
The temporary satisfaction of the five C's or the rewards of God’s grace
and goodness? Is your desire to honor God’s name above all?
PRAYER Dear Lord, help me to have the two G's in my
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Let us celebrate together, Lift our voice in one
accord, Singing of the grace and mercy And the goodness of the Lord. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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