Thursday, April 24, 2008

Holding God's Word in my heart!

Reading in Proverbs today. Some words in Proverbs 6 were especially good:
Provers 6:20-23: "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life"
How often do I meditate on God's Word? Here I'm told to bind God's Word in my heart, tie it around my neck, to be lead by it, to think about it in my sleep! To keep it, and to actually talk with it. It is a lamp to guide my way (Ps 119:105). How often do I actually do this? I've read through the Bible many times in the past but how often has it really effected me? How often do I just read the words so that I can boast that I've read through the Bible many times. Do I really think about the words? Do I let them go down deep into my heart? Do I listen when it talks to me? Lord, help me! I want your Word to down deep into my heart and I want it to guide me every moment of every day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Kings 14

Well this is frustrating! I wrote a long entry about I Kings 14 and hit publish and it's gone! Where did it go? How do I recreate it? Don't think this will be as good, but here goes.
One thing has always bothered me. Jeroboam's son was sick. He wants to know if the child is going to die or not so he sends his wife to Ahijah to find out. He trusts that Ahijah will know
what's going to happen to his child, so why would he send his wife there in disguise?! What could that possibly do?! Have never understood Jeroboam anyway. God Himself made Jeroboam king over 10 tribes
yet right from the start Jeroboam never trusted God. He didn't trust God that He would be there with him to help rule these tribes and keep the tribes faithful to him. He felt the need to take things into his own hands.
He turned the people from worshipping the true God, to worshipping idols! Yet as I think about this I'm convicted because I do the same thing every day of my life. I trust the Lord for the salvation of my very soul
yet don't think He's capable of taking care of the daily things I face in life. I think I have to control them and deal with them on my own. How stupid is that?! The very God who is continually working to keep me in the faith
IS working out all the minute details of my life ever day! Hasn't He promised that in Romans 8:28? So I stand convicted.
Something new hit me as I read about the impending death of Jeroboam's son. Ahijah was going into great detail about the punishment God was about to inflict on Jeroboam's family for their total unbelief when he says
this about the sick child: (vs 12-13) "Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die. And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall
come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam. " So many times when we see sick children and even adults we want to pray that the Lord
would heal them and let them live out their lives in this world as we think they should. These verses clearly show that there are times when the Lord specifically calls one of His children Home to spare them! Horrible things
were going to happen to Jeroboam's family so the Lord called this child Home before they came to pass. And isn't this a miracle in and of itself?! What kind of home life did this child have? He was raised in the king's
palace where idolatry reigned! It's never said how this child was able to come to faith, but it's clear the child was a believe because the verse says that the Lord found some good thing in him. There is no good at all
in unbelievers. The Lord Himself works any good that is found in Christians. So somehow the Lord worked in this child's life to bring him to faith and then spared him from His wrath to come by calling him Home.
I've read this chapter many times in my life and just glossed over these words. What wisdom could there be in the history in the Old Testament?! Obviously more than I was wanting to find! Lord, open my
heart to your Word! Open my eyes to your Truth!

Monday, April 21, 2008

More thoughts

Yes, I'm behind in my reading. Leviticus was today, read that first, now I'm going back to yesterday's and am reading in Ephesians. This verse is very interesting: Ephesians 4:28: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." How many people work to have a bigger house, a bigger car, vacations, luxuries? Now, how many people work so that they'll have money to help other people?! This verse doesn't talk about making money for ourselves, but so that we can help others who are in need. Oh what a world it would be if all the Christians would work for this purpose. How many could be helped?! Instead of buying a bigger house because you can afford it, what would happen if you stayed in the same house, but gave the difference between the mortgage payment you have now and the one you would have had, to the church, or to causes that help people. Would Christians even consider doing that?
Off my soapbox now.

Sin offerings

I found a great site that helps you read the Bible through in a year. It breaks it down so that you're reading portions of a different book of the Bible every day of the week. That's helpful when you're in the middle of say...Leviticus. It can get rather boring reading all the laws every day. Boring? Did I say boring? Today I was reading chapters 4-6. What I do is pull up an audio Bible and have it read to me as I read the words. It really hit me today. All of those animals slaughtered...over the whole Old Testament times, how many thousands and thousands of animals were killed? What a visual that was for all those living in the Old Testament times. They could see with their eyes the effect of their sins. Innocent animals were brought to the slaughter because of the sins the people committed. Why does that hit so hard? Why were innocent animals slaughtered for the sins of the people? Now fast forward to New Testament times. What visual do WE have?! We have God Himself slaughtered for our sins! God Himself DIED on the cross for us?! Which visual should have the bigger impact? Which visual DOES have the bigger impact? So often in the past when I'd watch a movie and something happened to an animal I'd be more upset than if something happened to a person. Why is that? Is that the case this time? Would I be more effected if I saw an actual lamb killed because of something I'd done? But God Himself was killed because of everything I've done!
Thoughts to ponder.................