Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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31 thoughts on “The Barking Lion

  1. bondserve says:

    This is such a wonderful devotional, and from a writer I’m not familiar with. The timeless wisdom of the writers of Proverbs continues to serve as a guiding light for Christians everywhere.

    I remember my father’s concern for protecting our family name. A person’s name should reflect their character—who they are on the inside. As a Christian it’s not always easy to emulate our glorious Lord. We bear the name that is above all names: Christ Jesus. We are a part of the family of God. And that should cause us to diligently guard our new family name in our words and actions.

    I’m still striving to perfect that one most important spiritual law within me, the law to treat everyone with love. It’s not easy. But the Holy Spirit enables us to do that which is humanly impossible, when we step out in faith and obey. Blessings to all!

    Author of: “Meet Him on the Mountain”.

  2. hopeful1 says:

    Thank you all for your love. Your replies to my comments are very much appreciated, and do not fall on deaf ears.

    I know that satan & his cronies are trying to keep me down. In my head, I know the facts, Christian & otherwise. It’s my heart that still aches with regret & remorse. I sometimes wonder if it’s still so raw as a means of preventing these things from ever happening again. Maybe this is the reason I am so easily forgive and show mercy to others. I believe I’m learning that mercy and compassion are who I truly am. Like Paul, maybe I have a “thorn in my side” for a reason? I don’t know…God will show me the way, I’m sure.

    I hear you about God having already forgiven, so who am I to not forgive myself. I have often thought the same thing. It makes sense. I am by no means a “new Christian”, but I have struggled like this the whole way.
    I keep thinking that God must want me pretty darn strong for something. I take solace in that, and knowing that He really does love me in ways nobody could ever come close to.

    Again, thanks for all your thoughts. For what it’s worth, it matters and it does make a difference.
    Thank you. God bless you all.

  3. cinnamondoris says:

    Thank you Lord

  4. sandy229 says:

    Through the years….not tears……lol

  5. sandy229 says:

    You have already come a long way by just acknowledging what u did and you can never move on( forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead) until you forgive yourself. If God forgives us, who are we not to forgive ourselves? I know how you feel because I had to forgive myself of all the horrible things I did and being a bad example to everyone. It’s impossible to find each person you have wronged through the tears but just those you can find and ask their forgiveness. There are people who just wait for you to make a mistake…..then BAM! They say you were really not sincere but just point out to yourself you are not perfect but u r forgiven and by Gods grace you are saved!
    I just pray that I make walk in a matter worthy of Christ and be a better example to everyone.

    1. learntrustlive says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. It provoked a lot of emotion, and regret. I am trying to get past the pain and messes I created, and pray that as you stated “I just hope that God will restore the people I’ve wronged”. I must stay with my eyes fixed on Jesus and his healing grace. God Bless you.

  6. mario says:

    Nice message! I understand a believer is more concerned on what God will say rather than what people around him/her will say. Truly this way, the believer is on the right path towards building a good reputation. However, when a believer makes a mistake along the way, he/she confesses his/her mistake for this is pleasing to the Lord (1 Jn 1:8-10; 1 Jn 2:1-2//James 5:16// Lk 18:9-14//Isa 66:1-2//Psalm 51:17). I also learned that the gospel is primarily about repentance/ forgiveness of our sins through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Lk 24:46-47//Acts 13:38-39 ) which the Apostle Paul had preached to us (Gentiles) in Acts 26:15-18). And I learned that at the end of life journey, a true believer can truly say what the good Apostle said in 2 Tim 4:7-8:”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith….” For this reasons I understand, a believer is tasked to share the gospel to others. Thank you

  7. janell4024 says:

    To hopeful 1,

    If God forgives us, who are we to say that is not enough? How can we fail to forgive ourselves? We learn from past mistakes and ask forgiveness for our sins knowing that Christ’s work on the cross is perfect and gives us complete forgiveness.

  8. poohpity says:

    I think that is the biggest draw to Christ is letting others know we fail and it is the Lord who picks us up. To many what people outside of the church to think those inside are perfect, the barking lions as it were. Humility compared to self righteousness.

  9. ktbsu says:

    Amazing Grace!

  10. nanxi says:

    everything said about reputation is so true, fortunately, God is our redeemer.

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