Now Playing: What moves you to react?
How many things happen during the course of a week. Some of them we care about, and for others we shrug our shoulders and look the other way. We can consider what things moved people in the Bible and learn from it. "(v.9) And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, 'Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD; Hosanna in the highest.' (v.10) And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying 'Who is this?'" (v.11) And the multitude said, 'This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee'" (Matthew 21:9-11)
An opposite reaction occurred in the book of Acts, "And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut" (Acts 21:30). Emotion can move us to do the right thing or the wrong thing, depending upon the influences. We need to be wary of how we react.
The apostle Paul had the right perspective, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24). The wicked respond differently. "He hath said in his heart, 'I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity'" (Psalm 10:6). "(v.2) O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. (v.4) Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. (v.5) For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (v.6) And in my prosperity I said, "I shall never be moved" (Psalm 30:2-6 selected).
May we respond as David did, "Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock, and my salvation; He is my defence: I shall not be greatly moved" (Psalm 62:1-2). "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). May only the proper influences affect our thinking and actions!