Friday, July 22, 2011

Unfulfilled Expectations

Today I want to reprint an article from The Word of Life Study Bible" by Nelson Publishers.  It is a commentary about Judges 1:27-36.  The Israelites were in the Promised Land but they failed to do what God requested:  remove the inhabitants there.

"The Israelites departed from Egypt with high hopes.  They were setting out on a journey that would soon bring them into a land 'flowing with milk and honey' (Ex. 13:3-5).  Their first exposure to Cannan went badly (Num. 13-14).  But a new generation under Joshua finally crossed the Jordan to possess Canaan (Josh. 1:11).  

Yet by the end of Joshua's life, major portions of the Promised Land remained unconquered, and many of the Canaanite and Amorite inhabitants whom Israel was supposed to displace remained in the cities (Judg. 1:27-36).  This failure meant that Israel would go through several generations of civil, political, and spiritual unrest (2:11-23).

It was not until God finally raised up David as a unifying king that the extent of Israel's borders would begin to match the expectations originally laid out by God (Num. 34:1-12)."

God wanted to give the Israelites so much, but he was limited because they refused to obey his instruction.  Today, I'm asking God if there are things He has told me to do that I am ignoring.  I definitely want all He has for me--nothing more and nothing less.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Intimacy with God

1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

We are on vacation in Sedona, Arizona.  The beauty here really reveals there is a true God, a magnificent creator. Many come here to worship creation instead of the creator Himself.  How sad to see people who do not know the difference. 

The personal relationship God has provided through accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord is very intimate and fulfilling.  He satisfies me in ways that people or things cannot.  I am thankful I can commune with him no matter what I am doing.   He’s always there to listen to my praises or my struggles. 

If I go too long without getting in the presence of God by reading His word and praying, it is evident in my every day life.   Little things bother me and people have a tendency to irritate.  When I have spent time with the Lord, my entire perspective is different.  I can see things through His eyes.

I read this week about the Israelites and their deliverance from Egypt by Moses.  Exodus 20 tells the story of how God decided to speak to the Israelites.  The people became so frightened they asked Moses to hear from God for them and then relay what God said.  They wanted God’s provision, protection, etc., but they didn’t want to personally know Him. 

It made me think of many today who go to church to hear what the pastor has heard from God but never try to hear God’s voice for themselves personally.

Let me challenge you to set time aside daily to commune with the Lord.  I know we are all at different seasons in life, but I believe in some way, we can all find a way to create times of communion with the Lord.

When do you find time to spend with the Lord and how do you do it?  Please comment.