Zechariah 10:6-10 – “I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them. Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return. I will bring them back.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sometimes (often) we go our own way. We wander among the worldly (distant lands) and forget the ways of God. God will allow us this freedom, but He remains in our hearts (we survive). Eventually we remember Him and desire to leave our worldly lifestyle. Out of His great compassion He brings us back and restores us.
My Advice – There will likely be times when you wander in “distant lands” and do not walk with God. Always remember that you cannot wander so far that His arms cannot reach you to welcome you back. You will find that the first step of the return journey may be real hard. But once you take that first step, demonstrating your willingness to turn back, God will carry you the rest of the way.
Nahum 2:13 – “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – How comforting it is to say “if God is for us, who can be against us?” How fearful to be involved in something that God might be against.
My Advice – In any endeavor, big or small, ask yourself if it is something that God would be for or against? This can help you avoid many difficulties in life.
James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sin. Our earthly nature. We read the items on the list (sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed – among others) and are outwardly repulsed by them. Yet, because we still have a sin nature (our old self) we Continue reading “Holds Out Against Sin”
Micah 6:11 – “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Scales and weights. They imply accuracy and precision. Just because they allow us to cheat and get away with it, does not make it right. Not getting caught is not the same as being right.
My Advice – Make sure you are honest, not only in your personal life, but also in your professional life. Your job will require persuasion, make sure you do it honestly and not deceptively.
Amos 8:11, 12 – “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We can drift so far apart from the Lord that we no longer hear His word.
My Advice – Do not wander away from God. Stay connected so that when you search for a word from Him, He will send it.
Hosea 4:1, 2 – “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This sounds an awful lot like modern times. A society that is known for the good that it is not and the evil that it is.
My Advice – Practice faithfulness, and love. Acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done for you. Shun coarse language, falsehood and other sins that are so common today.
Ezekiel 33:32 – “My people come to me, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Our profession of faith in Jesus Christ needs to result in changed lives and changed behavior. We must not profess devotion with our lips and then act (or fail to act) in a manner that is inconsistent with our profession.
My Advice – Make sure that your actions are consistent with your profession.