What an awesome and wonderful job you have raising babies and training them to be self sufficient, God loving and honoring adults. What a responsibility, what an honor...
As I read and re-read our lesson this week (chapter 15 God's Messengers) I couldn't help but wonder if there are times I'm so thick headed that I just don't get what God is trying to tell me. There is a 208 year period after Israel is divided during which one author writes, there was 208 years of spiritual decline and unprecedented immorality. Of thee 38 kings these 2 nations had during this period, there were only 5 labeled as good. Even though God sends messenger after messenger to help the people change, there never seems to be much positive movement.
What is your relationship with God? Is it really what you want it to be? Are you spending 5 or 10 minutes with God and feeling that is good? Are you so committed that it wouldn't matter how cold it was you would do everything in your power to get to church to worship our Almighty, Awesome God with other believers? Consider what God has done for you... It seems like over and over again God does so much more for the Israelites than they deserve. Do you see that He is doing that for you? right now?
The Israelites just could not leave those idols alone. Useless, powerless, non-caring lumps of stone, wood, or what have you. WHAT was the attraction? What idols are you serving?
I know most of you are serving God and worshiping Him in ways that really please Him. Way to go! I know I love God, I want to serve Him to the best of my ability. I want to know Him more. But I'm not that good at it. I still can be so distracted that I want to get up and go do something else. That doesn't mean those things are wrong...I just need to be careful where my heart is. As I pray asking God to help me be who He wants me to be, help me do what He wants me to do, and help me to talk to Him more; I'll pray He does the same for you.
I love you, I love God.
Please spend some time this week encouraging your family with God's Word.
God bless you!