Passage: Psalm 51 (NIV)
Today: God of everything!
33 “‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. 34 Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites.’” (Num 35, NIV)-emphasis added
The scripture above is part of God’s advice to the Israelites, through Moses, as they were getting ready to inherit the promised land
Moses was giving all this advice, knowing that he could not step-in the promise land!
That was hard; but he did his job faithfully, until the last moment of his earthly life!
Usually, when people are in a retirement mood, they will avoid many jobs; not Moses!
Most of us are in a retirement mode for ever, when it comes to the things of God; we leave them for someone else, like the pastor or so
In the scripture above, we see how much God wanted to be one with the people as well as the land. God is concerned not only about the people, but also about the land, about His temple/church and so on; He is closely watching
So, when the land is defiled, when blood is shed, when a life is stopped, God is watching, and is holding someone responsible for each of such events
Some of the things we take for granted may be “serious” for God, and can prevent our blessings. When man acts like “God doesn’t know and He doesn’t care”, they are missing a very important point: God’s ways are (very) different from ours!
God wants to be part of our spiritual, social, economic and all aspects of life
Parents watch children; they watch all areas of their life and want to have a “say” about every area, including their social involvement. It is important!
As technology and media has advanced much, we need to find time for God, individually and collectively; use technology for good, for God. Bring your tablets to family prayer and use them to read the Bible or devotionals
What goes in comes out; let some good stuff go into our heart every day!
The other day, someone was telling me about some diet system getting popular in some places, where they eat regular for five days and then fast for two days. People are taking care of their bodies these days. It is a good thing. But let us not ignore our soul, our inner man. Put the inner man also on some diet. It is a healthy thing to take a break from social media and stuff, instead of staying on them 24/7. You can start to write a book or do lot of other good stuff (!) in that time
I remember a news regarding a liquor factory where they accidentally flushed down thousands of liters of liquor , the news-reader was saying, they pumped out some “good” stuff (!)
I know many people were “heart-broken” to hear that, but “good stuff” (!?)
Coming back, time never stops for you and me. So make the (best) use of it!
One day, we have to settle our accounts with the one who gave it to us; not only time, but with all that we have; we will be asked to give an account
Have a blessed day!
Reflection: Do I take light, the things God take seriously?
Prayer: 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. (Ps 51, NIV)
Either God is the God of everything we have, or He is not God of a thing at all!