I think a more significant indication of where Jacob is at spiritually is this “if God does this and if God does that and if …, then the Lord shall be my God.” Doesn’t it seem like he’s decided to give God an audition? Isn’t that so typical even today of those who want to bargain with God. “I’ll let you be God if you will do what I say.”
God cares about your family. He shows us this by giving us the details of Abraham’s dysfunctional family. Do you have squabbles with your wife, challenges with your children, disagreements with your neighbors? It’s nothing new.
Guys, we cannot leave the spiritual development of our children to the public schools or even our Sunday schools. The job is ours to do and we cannot abdicate nor be delinquent in our charge. Let us be faithful like Abraham and see to the spiritual welfare of our families!
Yes we have a lot of work to do and it won’t be done until Christ returns, but remember that we are children of the King! We are children of the living God! We are brothers in Christ! When God, the proud Papa flips out his wallet and shows off his kids there is a picture of you!
This is a recurring problem throughout the history of manhood; manly passivity; a lack of spiritual leadership. The serpent offered the fruit from the forbidden tree but did Adam say “No dear, we are not going to do this”? Nope. He didn’t speak up to stop the snake in his tracks, and when his wife told him to eat the fruit he did. Did God say “Okay, you’re off the hook since your wife told you to do it”? Nope.
Adam and Eve’s first born is Cain and he has a heart problem (I don’t mean cardiac, I mean his desires). As we discover he carries anger and resentment in his heart. There is a lot of debate about why God accepted Abel’s offering but rejected Cain’s. It seems to me God is clearly rejecting Cain’s offering due to the condition of his heart.
I hope to grow into the man God created me to be. Foundational to that aspiration is my relationship with God. If I don’t spend time with God I cannot have a right, loving relationship with Him. I must make God my treasure, my highest priority, for it is then that my heart is with my savior. It is then that I am fulfilling my purpose and laying the foundation of the man God created me to be.
I also take offense at this statement many a lost person will make: “Who are you to judge.” It completely misses the point. I am not the judge and never claimed to be. God is the Judge. Telling you the verdict of the Judge is not judging, it is warning. “You have been judged. You have been found guilty. The sentence is death.” But, as Paul Harvey used to say: “And now for the rest of the story”. The judge came down off the bench and got up on the gallows. He served your sentence. All you have to do is accept His substitution. If you don’t, you’ll have to serve the sentence yourself.
Well guys, I have to say; this commenting on the daily reading has caused me to pay closer attention to my Bible reading. I don’t just mean that I’m staying up with it but that I’m noticing things that I have missed before when reading the Bible through. I think in my previous attempts to …
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