Focus Verse: The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. (12)
Those who are wise recognize that sin is senseless; it only leads to dissatisfaction, destruction and death. They take refuge from its dangerous effects by confessing and forsaking sin and hiding themselves in the righteousness of God. But those who do not have wisdom continue in sin, convincing themselves that neither danger nor death is ahead. They continue down the dark path that leads to everlasting perdition from which there is no return.
Focus Verse: The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (1)
Those who follow Jesus the Christ are fearless because God is always by their side. Come what may, He will never leave or forsake them. A lion is bold because he knows he is the strongest of all beasts. Christians should also be bold because we know that we serve a God Who is Lord of all. Do not live in fear, but power and love.
Focus Verse: The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. (7)
God requires us to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. If we love God, we will love others and make sure that those who impoverished are treated fairly and with respect in every situation.
Focus Verse: Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God. (4)
Ananias and Sapphira did not do anything wrong by keeping some of the money for themselves. However, they were wrong in lying about how much they had sold the land for, and they were not only wrong in lying to Peter, but to God. Both of them failed to remember that nothing can be hidden from God. Every moment of every day, God knows our thoughts, and He knows our hearts. We may be able to lie to some people and trick others, but nothing we say can deceive God.