Archive for October, 2014
Love in action. Do you love God? Then do what he says. After all, it is for your own good.
“Then they said to each other, “We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”” (2 Kings 7:9)
The siege was over. The time of starvation was at an end. Five men, five outcasts, knew this to be true, yet they hadn’t told anyone else.
“We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.”
What if the good news is the good news of Jesus, the good news of God’s kingdom in this world? Do we do right to keep that good news to ourselves?
Praise the Lord today with your thoughts, with your words, and with your life. Praise the Lord.
““Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:39)
You don’t have to be an expert in theology. You don’t have to know the answer to every question. You just have to go and tell people what God has done for you.
Why don’t you tell someone today?
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13)
If you are separated from God, he wants you to return to him. Do it now while it is not too late.
“Choose this day…” Joshua, the leader of God’s people, was addressing his countrymen. They had conquered the land that God had promised to give them and were ready to settle in their new homes. Now Joshua calls on them to make a choice.
“Choose this day whom you will serve…” This was about loyalty. This was about allegiance. Joshua spoke to them about getting rid of the idols that their parents had served and dedicating themselves to the Lord. If that seemed unacceptable, they needed to choose who they would serve: the old idols or possibly the new idols they had found in the land were they were living.
“Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) Joshua had already made his choice. He and his family would serve God.
To a man, Joshua’s people cried out that they wanted to do the same, that they wanted to serve God. Surely that made Joshua happy, right? He had given such a persuasive talk that everyone wanted to join Joshua and his family in serving God. But Joshua wasn’t satisfied:
“But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”” (Joshua 24:19–20)
You can’t do it, he tells them. God won’t put up with your indecisive ways. God won’t agree to be one god in your stable of gods, one more deity in the pantheon. God is holy. God is jealous. He won’t tolerate unfaithfulness. If you decide to serve God, you have to serve God alone.
And the people replied, “No, but we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:21)
So I offer to you the same choice today. Choose who you will serve. Will it be money? Will it be passion? Will it be power? Will it be a company or a country or a political viewpoint? Will it be your spouse or your children? Will it be a habit or a vice? Will it be any of the myriad distractions that our society offers?
Or will you put God above everything else? Will you love him above all, loving your neighbor as yourself, but pledging your allegiance fully to God?
Choose this day whom you will serve. If you choose to serve God, serve him with all your heart.
Ouch! Jesus’ words must have stung those who heard them. Here was a group of people dedicated to figuring out what God wanted and doing it, and Jesus’ tells them that they have completely missed the boat.
What was wrong? They had made tradition as important as God’s Word.
What about you? Are you willing to let go of your traditions and hold to what the Bible says? It’s been said that sacred cows make the best hamburgers. Will we let God change “what we’ve always done”? Or will we make the same mistake the Pharisees made in Jesus’ day?
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1)
What is your reputation? Jesus can help you change it. Then your life will reflect the glory of his name.
“When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony. And he spoke with him.” (Numbers 7:89)
Moses was able to go into the tabernacle and hear the voice of God. Can you imagine what that would have been like, to hear God speaking to you?
We don’t hear God’s voice in the same way, but we can still get a message from God. Open your Bible, read it, and let God speak to you today!
do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not provoke me to anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.” (Jeremiah 25:6)
There is only one God and he demands all of your allegiance. Have nothing to do with any other gods. The one true God will not stand for it.