Jeremiah 2:26-27 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Children are naughty by nature. I can prove it. You tell a child, “Do not get into the cookies.” A minute later, you turn around and the child is gone. Where are they? Probably in the cookie jar, enjoying what you told them not to. Then when you walk up behind them and say, “What are you doing,” it simply scares the socks off them. Why, not because they have realized the cookie was bad for them at the time and that it may spoil a nutritional meal they need! Not because they are sorry for what they have done and will probably never do it again. (Yeah right!) Why are they upset? “THEY WERE CAUGHT!”
Now before you get to upset with the little one think about this. When times are going well and everything is ok, do you spend as much time talking with God as you do when things are bad? If things are going well, we find many other things to do besides spending time praying. An occasional “thanks God,” seems sufficient. However, let things get bad and we are on our knees crying out “Oh God help us.” The worse things are, the more time we spend talking with Him. However, it is often not until WE WERE CAUGHT! Caught, neglecting God. Caught making other things more important to us than God. Caught maybe falling in love with something else and it becomes an idol that has taken the place of God. I wonder if sometimes God does not allow those trying times in our life, just so we will stop and talk with Him a bit.
Could it be our days would be better and less trying if we spent more of our good times with God and not just our sad times? I love to talk with happy people more than I do mad and sad people. I believe God might feel that way too!
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Jeremiah 1-2 / Psalm 70 / Proverbs 16 / John 16-17
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Pro. 14-15 / 2 Co. 1
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