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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Walking In Truth"

Honest Nurse
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth:  unite my heart to fear thy name.”
Psalm 86:11

        In the operating room of a large hospital, a young nurse was completing her first full day of responsibilities.  "You've only removed 11 sponges, doctor," she said to the surgeon. "We used 12."
         "I removed them all," the doctor declared.  "We'll close the incision
         "No," the nurse objected. "We used 12 sponges."
          "I'll take full responsibility," the surgeon said grimly. "Suture!"
          "You can't do that!" blazed the nurse. "Think of the patient."
         The surgeon smiled, lifted his foot, and showed the nurse the 12th sponge. "You'll do," he said.
         Our integrity and loyalty can only be tested during times of extremes.  We may think ourselves to be honest and upright, but we can only prove it during times of pressure.  Honesty must be tested in the face of dishonesty.  Loyalty must be tested in times of disloyalty.  In these temptations, we see the real us.  Most of us would describe ourselves as loyal.  However, let some point of disagreement arise between us and the boss, or the pastor, or a friend.  It is at that moment when we will discover where our loyalties lie.
          Let each of us beware.  A desire to be honest and loyal does not mean that we are. Honesty and loyalty are based on principles not desires.  If we want a strong integrity, we must then seek every day the principles of living honestly.  The Word of God is truth and principle.  We need to feed our hearts and minds on Scripture daily.
          I’m sure that patient was grateful that a nurse was honest and loyal.  No doubt, the doctor was encouraged to have such a reliable helper.  Both patient and doctor could have a source of confidence in very trying times.  May the Lord help us to walk honestly in a crooked and perverse generation.  Someone’s life is depending on it.

Study verses:  1Timothy 2:2; Romans 13:13; 1Thessalonians 4:12; Hebrews 13:18; Proverbs 6:1,2

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Previous devotions

"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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