The book of Ecclesiastes is a book that confuses or befuddles me because it seems so negative about everything. Ultimately, though, the last two verses say it like it is.

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13‭-‬14 NIV

We must follow God’s law. We must remember He is ultimate judge and He sees everything. So I say to those of you sitting on the fence, not sure what is missing in your life, fall into His arms. Those of you looking for family or love and wondering why strifebis just getting worse, or anxiety has taken over, give it all to God and know He is in control. No matter what happens in our lives, giving it to Him will give us peace. Fighting with family or friends or coworkers, give them to God and walk away. You are not in control. They are not in control. He is.

He is the maker. He is the judge. He will handle the wrongs in this world. Theirs and yours.

He sent His only son to die for our sins, yes, but He didn’t do it so we could keep sinning. In the end He will be there waiting to judge us both good and evil.

We need to ask His forgiveness, and ask that He cleanse us. He will help us walk His path if we let Him. He will help us keep to that path and adjust us when needed. If we feel like we should be in church then we need to be in church. If we feel like we should be praying or helping others then we need to do so. Follow the Lord’s lead and you will find more peace in the hard times and more good on judgement day.

Walking away

Sometimes we just have to step away and put some distance between us and others, letting those people fall before they realize you are not the cause of their problems, you are not the enemy in their life, and that you TRULY care about them and how their life is.

This is what God has to do with us at times when we feel our world is falling apart because of Him or because He doesn’t care.  He then needs to step back and allow us to do us so that eventually we will hopefully see that He actually was there and things were better and could have been a lot worse if we hadn’t had Him in our lives and our hearts.

I pray for all those who have walked away from God and think they can do this life alone.  I pray that they open their eyes soon and see that they need Him.  I pray that He forgives their sin and brings them back in His arms.

Lord, help them to see their wrongs and that they really do need you and not this world or the people or things the enemy has put in their lives to tear them to shreds.  Shatter the stone around their hearts and make them burst with love for you again.  AMEN

Where does He draw the line?

“Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” Then Shekaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel.” Ezra 10:2-4 

Why do we not take the Lord’s word or laws seriously?  Why do we keep turning to the world and think we are finding pleasure in something that very obviously in the end we know we will be miserable and begging for God’s forgiveness or healing touch?

It’s like a child who keeps doing wrong and you keep disciplining them or do all you can to get them straight but they won’t so you have to walk away.  When they realize you’ve walked away or they hit another snag and come running and begging for forgiveness.  How many time do you forgive?  How many chances do you give?  How many chances do you think the Lord is going to give?  Yes He is all powerful, loving and forgiving but when will He finally say enough is enough and leave you there?

In the Old Testament we see Him have those moments and destroy groups of people for all they did, such as Sodom and Gomorrah.  Then he sent Jesus and sacrificed on a cross for ALL our sins.  But does His sacrifice give us the right to go on sinning?

I am watching a local murder trial right now and this wife had her lover kill her husband.  The lover was just this kid (early 20s) when he did it, same age as my oldest, and he grew up in this good christian home and he talks about his belief in God and Christ.  During the phone conversations they are playing in court he and the woman are praying for one another and at some point actually praying TO GOD that they don’t get caught and that their words are what they need to be to hide the act from the police.  The kid even went so far as to compare himself to David and their story to that of David, Uriah and Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11)  But what happens to this kid now?  He committed adultery and he murdered someone. 2 of the 10 commandments (Deuteronomy 5:17&18) broken right there.  I would like to believe that he is still forgiven and that he will be ok but if that is the case where does God draw the line???

I know that I couldn’t be more grateful for what Jesus did for me on that cross.  I don’t want to gamble as so many people seem to do when it comes to this forgiveness game.  I don’t’ want to wonder how much is too much before He says no more.  Looking at that statement, though, now makes me think ‘hey wait if I am questioning how much I can push God or How far can I sin before He give up on me, isn’t that a form of disrespect?’  Like a child who could care less what you say or how much you discipline them they are still going to push you and do what they want and ignore what your rules are.  Isn’t that just showing that I really don’t care what He says, thinks or feels?  I mean seriously???????  If I really respected my Lord, my creator, wouldn’t I care more about what He thinks?  Wouldn’t I be striving to please Him?  If I truly gave my life to Him then i need to leave the disrespect and petty childish behavior behind me.  I need to and I will give my all to Him and only Him.

 

Lord, forgive us for our childish petty ways.  You can see that deep in my heart I love you and I am serious about this walk with you that I have embarked on.  May I keep focused on you and walk away from intentional sinning.  I know none are perfect except for Jesus Christ and that I will stumble but I will not do it on purpose or with malice.  You are my one and only and I live my life for you.  Thank you for everything that you have done, are doing and will do in my life.  AMEN