Saturday, November 27, 2010
DON'T FORGET GOD
Good Evening to All!
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water.
The above verse talks about How God's people had forsaken Him and served worthless deities. God, the fountain of living waters, offered a limitless supply of fresh, life-giving sustenance. Instead, the people chose broken cisterns, which were useless for storing water and useless for sustaining life.
Unfortunately, history repeats itself over and over again. We have not learned from our mistakes.
In terms of "today's gods" or things we place above the importance of serving and loving God are such things as money, entertainment, houses or cars. Yes, these are things that we need, but we as humans always try to live beyond our means. we are never satisfied. If God provides us with a modest house, then we always are wanting to "trade up" to a bigger or fancier one. The same goes for cars or all types of electronics. We all want the newest and best around. God provides us with what we need, but we seem to think we have to help Him to provide nicer, more expensive things by working longer hours or on Sundays when we should be setting that day aside to worship and thank our Creator and Provider.
Another "god" is entertainment as I mentioned. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with TV's, music, video games or any other type of entertainment depending on what it is you watch or play. As the old saying goes "garbage in", "garbage out". If you watch violence then you will press that into your or your children's minds. If you watch immoral things, the same principles apply. Not only that, these past--times are addicting and at some time or another it will get to the point where they will take up much more time than you ever anticipated. Time which should be spent reading God's Word, or praying, or even just talking to God. Spending some "alone time" with God will always put things into perspective if you will ask Him for His advice and input.
I have had quite a few people tell me that they are Christian, and when we start talking about the "relationship" with Christ. Their explanation is, "I believe He is my Savior", and I go to church. Well, I tell them, that's a start. The non-chalant manner in which they say it sounds like I believe He's out there somewhere, and I remember Him on Sundays and sometimes Wednesdays. Kind of like a child who knows he has a dad out there somewhere because he was born, but has never had any contact or knows nothing about him, let alone a relationship with him, until he needs something from him.
I guess this could kind of fall in line with what my Thanksgiving post was about. Being thankful for what we've got , but not being thankful for the Creator who gave them to us. I read several different "thankful lists", and the majority never mentioned " I'm thankful for God". It was, I'm thankful for friends, family, the ability to love God, and so on, but never just being thankful for God. For WHO HE IS.
We are so busy with our lives and thinking about our "needs", we don't think about God just wanting to be a friend to us. In the beginning, He walked in the "cool of the day" with Adam. He still wants to do that with us. It may be in a different way, because He talks to our spirit, but we can still have that special intimate relationship with Him.
That verse Luke 13:27 which says (paraphrasing) that people will call out Lord! Lord! and He will say depart from me ye workers of inequity, I knew you not. Keeps coming to mind. While we may not think we are doing anything horribly wrong, we are not abiding by God's Word, because it tells us to live for Him, follow His commandments, study His Word and hide it in our hearts, and many other things. When we do not do these things, we are in essence disobeying God, which is a sin.
The more we "ignore God" the further away from Him we become, and eventually we won't be able to hear His still, small voice, guiding us, and we will have forgotten Him because we will turn to relying on ourselves and our own understanding which is exactly what God tells us NOT TO DO. This in turn opens our thoughts up to all kinds of thoughts and ideas which are not from God. In the end, there are only two ways to go and we should all strive for the way leading up toward God and away from our own thoughts or those of the "god of this world". We must remember anything God tells us to do is for the good of our souls and of course the "god of this world" has his own agenda which is not good. Therefore we must keep the eyes of our hearts on the things of God and look toward the "prize" which is an eternal home with Him.
We must maintain constant contact with Him just like we do our family and friends if we want to keep our relationship with God going. We must show and tell Him how much we appreciate Him and all that He does for us. Even when we don't feel like it. Even if we pray for something and His answer is "no". We must appreciate that answer, because He knows us better than we know ourselves, and what we want at the time may not be good for us down the road.
God cares about everything that concerns us. We can feel free to talk to Him about Anything and He will give great advice, if our hearts are opened enough to receive it.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!