Nipped in the Bud

“The rod has blossomed. Pride has budded. Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness…” (Ezekiel 7: 9-12) (NKJV)


When I look at changes in today’s society, I see men and women openly defying morals and traditions in order to satisfy their own lusts and desires.
After Bible reading and prayer were removed from schools, soon after the Ten Commandments lost its following. Also thrown to the wind were family values now referred to as out-of-date and old fashioned. This new age has certainly produced an immoral, disbelieving, and uncaring generation.

Times have certainly changed.

On the flip side, seasons are also changing. The Bible points this out in Daniel 2:20, “…He changes the times and the seasons.”
This is profound as weather patterns around the world are different today than when I was growing up. We never know what to expect each season. It may be cold one day, and hot the next. Hail, falling as balls of ice, may drop in the middle of a hot summer day. Outdoor plants will sprout in the middle of the calendar winter. A deep freeze the following day will surely nip them in the bud.

As a Christian, I refuse to allow pride to become a stumbling block. I want my life to count as one who respects, follows, and tells others about Jesus, God’s son, and His plan of escape from the evils in this world. Although violence and wickedness will try to strip me of my salvation, my desire remains—to be counted as a Christian, no matter what others may think.

My sins were nipped in the bud years ago. Are yours? Allow Jesus to prune your seasons into righteousness, and your days will shine brighter; and your future complete and secure.

©.2013 Phoebe Leggett

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About Phoebe Leggett

Phoebe Leggett is an author, poet, and free-lance writer whose articles, stories, and poetry have enhanced the lives of many. In 2007 she received two awards for her work at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Her articles, stories, and poetry have been published in adult and children’s Christian literature as well as online. Her books are available on under her name.
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