Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Am the LORD

Exodus 31:1-6,13,17 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: See, I have called...I have filled him...I, indeed I, have appointed...I have put wisdom in the hearts...that they may make all that I have commanded you...it is a sign between Me and you...that you may know that I am the LORD...it is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever...

While these scriptures describe God's hand in gathering the men in Israel and equipping them to build a tabernacle, giving them the wisdom and ability to do as He commanded, it's also His command for us in our own lives. 

Our God is not some taskmaster telling us what to do just because He has the power. He does this because He knows what is best for us. He will properly and mightily equip anyone who will heed His commands. You'll hear me say this repeatedly (probably because His message is a very simple one), He created all things...and it was good. When we obey, it is good, it benefits us greatly and we are blessed with the good which comes only from God. If we do not obey, to coin a phrase, life is good, or might seem to be, although we don't know how much better it could be. Really!

Imagine if this country adhered to the laws of God, as did the founding fathers, and not man's. Imagine if God actually came first, not ourselves or the gods we have created. We might not see the blessings of this country dwindling as they are. One cannot turn a blind eye to this. Somewhere deep inside one knows things aren't as good as they used to be. Somewhere God was pushed aside for the selfish "rights" of man. Two especially stand out and I could easily anger some by listing two that God abhors. In His words:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭18:22)
You shall not murder. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. (‭Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭13‬, Psalm 127:3)

There are many other things He abhors. Check out the Ten Commandments in their entirety. He hasn't changed His mind about them. 

The Bible was written for our instruction. Even though the things were written about ancient times, God does not change just because we have changed our culture. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭12‬)

Here are just a handful of things that could happen, even to our country, for our disobedience to God (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭28‬:‭16-20,24-25,45‬):
Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. 
Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 
Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 
Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 
The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.
The LORD will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. 
The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies...and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you."

But He also says:
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (‭2Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬)

IF we would humble ourselves before God and turn back to Him we as individuals and a nation could avoid all these things. However, despite the negative, there is a positive. In order to know and possess what is good we must first know what is evil. His thought toward us is for good...that's why He sent His Son. 

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

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