Saturday, April 28, 2007

A few items....

I will make this post short, probably. I have a bit of a headache from my ride. It's heating up here in Texas. But I have learned something from my 35-mile ride today: The CamelBak is your friend.

My observation of the day runs pretty close to what Mr. Hatfield wrote over at Voice of Vision today. Alliances. Compromise. And what to do about it.

On the front end, the act of loving God means putting His wishes, His desires, His commands before your own. And that means to come of out the world, and be separate. No matter WHAT that looks like. If it looks bleak it is because we're viewing it through our fleshly eyes, and not our spiritual eyes. It also means we don't trust God. Simply put.

I read Joshua 22 today, and marveled at the scene there. Here we have a handful of the tribes of Israel separated from their brethren by the Jordan River. And to clear up any misconceptions that they were indeed worshippers of the Lord God, they set up their own monument as a "witness". But word reached the remaining numbers and a delegation was sent over. They were afraid that this other group of their nation was worshiping the idols of the nations who remained in the land the Lord had given them. And do you know what they were prepared to do? They were prepared to destroy the land. And I'm pretty sure people within that land were included. They had been so close and seen the Lord move and work among them that they KNEW that idolatry would invite destruction upon ALL of them.

They would rather cut off and destroy the land than have these tribes worship an idol. They wanted NOTHING to do with these people, and were prepared to take such drastic measures to see that purity was maintained. Is this not the type of zeal we should have for our own lives?

Allying ourselves with those who practice idolatry, who turn from the Living God, this will invite destruction on everyone involved...

3 Comments:

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Rick said...

Good post - I have those days when "it's going to be short, but just had to post this" :). Good reference for my Sunday morning. I like how they were ready to rise up and destroy the land, as you noted. But for me, I also liked how the "offending tribes" explained that they were not falling into idolatry, and Phineas saw it in the proper light and the Lord was honored. Something like that.

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger Even So... said...

this will invite destruction on everyone involved

Indeed, this is what some don't recognize, the pervasive nature of it all...

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger Bluecollar said...

"Is this not the type of zeal we should have for our own lives?"

Convicting!

 

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