THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
EVILS WITHOUT AND WITHIN
February 12, 2020
1 Kings 10:1-10
To be built on Rock is to listen to and act on the words of
Christ. Jesus continually invites us, “Hear me, all
of you, and understand.” (Mk 7:14). Wisdom comes from
God. If we hear and live God’s words, then we are on
it was with Solomon. He was appointed by God to be king of
Israel. As head over God’s people, God gave him wisdom,
and prosperity as well. The queen of Sheba was impressed by
his wisdom and wealth. She extolled the joyous situation of
his reign. “Happy are your servants, happy these ministers
of yours, who stand before you always and listen to your wisdom.”
(1 Kgs 10:8). Acting on God’s wisdom brings peace, stability,
joy and prosperity.
here is the truth: we act on God’s word and live according
to His ways, and God in turn will act to favor us. Our action
begets God’s action. “Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will act.” (Ps 37:5). Then we can
look to bountiful blessings in life.
do we commit to God and trust in Him? With wisdom gained from
listening to God and acting on His commands, we are to grow
in righteousness and justice. “And make your righteousness
shine like the dawn, your justice like noonday.” (Ps
37:6). Righteousness is moral uprightness, integrity, holiness,
virtue, rectitude, probity. Justice is giving to everyone
what is their due, according to their worth and dignity in
Christ. These are the inward and outward dimensions of faith.
we live in this way, then we are solidly founded on Rock.
God’s word gives us wisdom, and such wisdom leads us
to righteous living. “The mouth of the righteous utters
wisdom; his tongue speaks what is right.” (Ps 37:30).
Having listened to and living out God’s word, we are
solidly grounded on Christ. “God’s teaching is
in his heart; his steps do not falter.” (Ps 37:31).
As such, even as we are buffeted by winds and floods, we shall
stand. “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress.” (Ps 37:39). We
can always trust in God to help us, especially as we assault
the forces of darkness and evil in the world. “The Lord
helps and rescues them, rescues and saves them from the wicked,
because they take refuge in him.” (Ps 37:40).
assaulting the forces of darkness in the world, we must know
that evil is not just out there, but can be within us as well.
In striving to live a holy life in an unholy world, we are
to be vigilant as to our own spiritual condition. “Nothing
that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the
things that come from within are what defile.” (Mk 7:15).
What are these? “From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed,
malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance,
folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”
is a constant striving for holiness crucial. We face evils
both from without and within. We need God’s wisdom,
which we get from His word.