Have you noticed how many people today not only don’t know God, but how many are actively mocking God and Christianity? It reminds me of the way Jesus was mocked and disregarded as he was being crucified on the cross. It’s like Jesus is being crucified daily, over and over again. And to someone who loves Jesus Christ with all their heart, this is so disheartening. In Psalm 78, David speaks of similar circumstances back during his time. People did not remember God’s power, they put God to the test, rebelled and did not keep his statutes. They were disloyal and faithless, like many are today.
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“Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.” – Psalm 78:57
If someone mocked and ridiculed your best friend, your spouse, someone that you love, wouldn’t that disturb you? Of course. We can’t stand to see those attacked who we love. How much worse when God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, the very definition of love, is attacked. It is disturbing to the core. The fact is, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible which is God’s Word, and our U.S. Constitution are being trampled upon and disregarded.
The devil is very busy wrecking havoc in our schools, in our news, in our music and movies, in our government and on our laws – we are under attack on all fronts. And to see God being attacked and put to the test like this is not only wrong, but disturbing to the core, and dangerous.
The recent event that really hit home was in the school in West Virginia where children were sent home to “Write Out Their Submission To Allah” under the guise of a calligraphy assignment. These are the kinds of activities that are happening in the schools today that caused us to homeschool our children. In another school one of the required readings is the Koran. In the public school where our children attended, some the teachers were telling our kids that Jesus was a fictional character, not real. Seriously? These are not the people and school systems that by good moral conscience can be trusted with the development of our children.
We need to ensure that our children have a solid foundation. That is why we started homeschooling our children, so their foundation would be built upon the strongest foundation which is the Word of God. It is critical that our children read and understand the Bible, not the Koran. It is critical that our children understand that there is male and female determined at inception, not unlimited genders by choice. Our children need to know that it is wrong to murder and rip apart babies in the womb. Our children need to learn to love and value human life. Our children need to understand that there is more to life then self-reflection, self-expression, and idolatry of self.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:24–27 tell us the parable of the builders, one who built on rock and withstood the storm, and the other who built on sand and washed away when the floods came. This is life. Floods will come. If there is one thing that I have learned in the roller-coaster that we call life, it is this – there is no better foundation than the Word of God. Loyalty and faithfulness will guide us through every storm, every life challenge, every sorrow, every heartache, every pain, ever sadness, every sickness, every challenge, every tribulation, every joy, celebration – everything. It doesn’t matter the circumstance, God will be with us and get us through.
Let us pray today for a spiritual awakening, and that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be praised. Let us pray that it is pure and sincere, backed by action, and not just words on a page. Let us not flatter God with our mouths in one room, while our hearts in another room. Let our actions match our hearts, and let our love for God guide our every actions, so we are faithful to Him, and walk in His ways.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this great Word this morning. Comfort us about the events in this world today that dishonor and put you to the test. Be merciful on us, for we are weighed down in flesh. Help us to do your good work, and keep our hearts pure as we walk through this sinful world. Fill our hearts with love so that we are not so disturbed by those who test and dishonor you. Let our hearts be so full of love that we are not shaken. Awaken this country Lord, that our hearts will be turned back to you. Be merciful on us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we may walk in your love, and in your light, and in your power, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 1; Psalm 78; 2 Thessalonians 2
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “They did not remember his power – the day he redeemed them from the oppressor” – Psalm 78:42
- “But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes. – Psalm 78:56
- “Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.” – Psalm 78:57
- “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” – Matthew 7:24-27
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