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When I was a teen, one of my favorite music artists was Jim Croce. He wrote a song called “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.” I loved to sing it. The chorus contained these words, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that old lone ranger and you don’t mess around with Jim.”
The song told the story of a pool shark named Jim Walker. He was big and tough as a horse. Everyone thought he was the toughest man on New York’s 42nd street. But a man from Alabama named Slim arrived and beat him in a fight. After that, the chorus changed to say “you don’t mess around with Slim.”
Sometimes it seems the bad guys always win. They push and shove to get what they want. They proudly mock people who seek to follow Jesus. They strut through life like Jim Walker in the song. But they live in a precarious position. Not because the followers of Jesus are going to slice them up like Slim does in the song. No, they face the Lord’s curse. Listen to the wisdom of Proverbs 3:33-35, “The LORD’S curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.” (NIV)
May you be righteous and blessed by God.
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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.