Summary: The Do's, Don't's & the Delights when facing ungodly people
Our Answer to Trouble
We are constantly bombarded with pithy sayings
• If you give him an inch he will take a mile
• Two wrongs don’t make a right
• If you lay down with the dogs you will get up with the fleas
• God helps those who help themselves
• Don’t get mad get even
• When in Rome do as the Roman’s do
• When in the world do as those in the world do.
• Politically Right. Don’t make waves, blend in, go with the flow.
Problem is this encourages and condones wicked lifestyles and leads us to conform to ungodly standards.
Ps. 37 - The Ungodly Can Knock Us For A Loop
• They do pretty well for themselves (v.1,7,16,35)
• They scheme against the weak (v.14)
• They try to destroy the godly (v.12,14,32)
• Envy (v.1, 16) b/c they will pass (v.2)
• Fret (v.1,8)
• Be persistently angry (v.8)
• Place yourself in God's hands (v.3,5,7,23,28,33,34)
• Delight yourself in God (v.4)
• Do good where you are (v.3,21,27)
• Absorb yourself in God's truth and let it guide your words & deeds (vv.30-31
• Ps 37:23 – His Steps are ordered by the Lord to keep from straying
• Ps 37:24 – His Hand is held by the Lord to keep him from stumbling
• Ps 37:25 – His Food is provided by the Lord to keep him from starving
• Ps 37:26 – His Seed is blessed by the Lord to keep him from shame
• Ps 37:29 – His Home is blessed by the Lord to keep him from suspense
Jackie Robinson said, “Above anything else I hate to lose.”
On April 15, 1947, Robinson made it to the “show.” He became the first black man to wear a Major League uniform, destroying the color barrier in professional sports. In his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he hit .297, sent 12 over the fence, and led the league with 29 steals. He was also the National League Rookie of the year. Two years later they named him the National League’s Most Valuable Player and he won the batting title with a .342 average. 1949 was his first of six appearances in the All-Star game. During his ten years with the Dodgers, he helped them reach the World Series six times. Robinson had a career batting average of .311 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.
Robinson's health had been in decline due to complications from diabetes; he was nearly blind by the time he died. He died in 1972 at the age of 53 from a heart attack.
Did you also know that Jackie Robinson was court-martialed from the Army and that he dropped out of college?
Failure doesn’t have to be fatal
Psalm 42:5-6a NLT “Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!