Day 12

Warnings from Israel’s Past

from the 1 & 2 Corinthians reading plan


1 Corinthians 10:1-32, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Exodus 13:17-22, Philippians 2:1-2

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1, Exodus 13:17-22, Philippians 2:1-2

When I was a little girl, I loved doll babies. I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I will admit that my affection for the plastic figures may have been a little extreme. I didn’t have any sisters, and my one and only brother is six years older than me. So in a lot of ways, my dolls were my friends. I’d spend hours dressing them, teaching them, taking them for walks. I sat them in circles for storytime, and made sure they were “fed” before bedtime. They were special to me, and although I had way more than I needed, I still longed for the latest, prettiest, most updated versions available. And I never wanted to share any of them, with anyone.

I remember one particular day at my grandparents’ house, a new friend was visiting. As usual, I was busy playing with the set of babies my grandparents purchased just for their house. I was doing what brought me joy, and it never occurred to me to share. Before long, my grandfather casually said, “Wynter, which doll can your friend play with?” Unsurprisingly, I refused to part with any.

It’s easy to think back on this story and see my actions for exactly what they were: selfish. My loving grandfather would have been completely justified in taking each of my dolls from me. After all, my actions had proven me to be undeserving. But in his love for me and his desire to see my heart changed, he did not take my dolls. Instead he pulled me close and explained how my lack of care for another person had not only hurt someone else, but had also disappointed him.

When our Heavenly Father notices our selfishness, He gently reminds us of what real love actually looks like. In 1 Corinthians 10, the apostle Paul says, “No one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person” (v. 24). We have all been blessed by God’s matchless goodness. Jesus didn’t just give up a part of what He had every right to hold onto. Instead, He gave it all, His very life.

Jesus’ choice to pursue goodness for everyone is the ultimate measure of seeking goodness for another. May we imitate His love because He first loved us.

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
—Philippians 2:1-2

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Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for both tween girls and their parents. The mother of four girls herself, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip women of all ages in becoming who God created them to be, and to support parents in raising strong Christ followers. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl Devotional and She Is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise the Girl He Gave You.  Wynter, her husband Jonathan, and their daughters (ages 7-13) live in Dallas, Texas. Follow her on Instagram @forgirlslikeyou.

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35 thoughts on "Warnings from Israel’s Past"

  1. Kim Cook says:

    13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Everytime we are tempted the Lord will provide a way to endure it. Every single time! Without exception! When we face a trail or temptation we should ask, Lord, direct me to the way of escape that I may endure this trial with the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort me. I place my trust in you.

  2. June Pimpo says:

    I really pondered Paul’s words, Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ. Wow, what a huge responsibility. It requires not perfection, but humility and repentance when we’re wrong.

  3. Ava Warren says:

    I think for me the context is critical. We’re not being told to not seek good things or anything for ourselves. We’re being told that our gratification and pleasure shouldn’t be the focus when someone else could stumble over it. Be conscious- and also don’t take on a chain of performance. As Paul said- we don’t need to take on guilt for our thankfulness.

  4. Susan Lincks says:

    Help me to see others over myself, God!

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