The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Change the world wants you to think it is hard. But is it?
You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Or can you?
Change is constant through our whole living lives from birth right to the doorstep of death. So why does the world want us to be so resistant to change? Are you resistant to change? Lets examine the scripture for examples of change...
The first example that jumps into my head is the story of Jonah the Prophet. The book is only 4 chapters long, but a lot happens in those four chapters. A brief summary; Chapter 1 - Jonah is sent to Nineveh; he rebels and is punished. Chapter 2 - He repents and is saved from certain death. Chapter 3 - Preaches God's word in Nineveh. Chapter 4 - Becomes angry at God's mercy towards the people of Nineveh. The story ends with a lesson in compassion.
"Justice without Compassion is no justice at all!"
Quote/Bruce W. Moar about mans justice system.
The second example that jumps to mind is the story of Gideon. An unassuming man that God transforms from a meek coward hiding his threshing efforts to a valiant man of war. A brief summary; Judges chapter 6:11-24, Gideon is called by an angel. Judges chapter 6:25-32 Gideon destroys Baal's altar. Judges chapter 6:36-40, Gideon's call from the Lord is confirmed with a fleece. Judges chapter 7, Gideon's miraculous victory over the Midianites. Judges chapter 8:4-21 Gideon takes revenge on Succoth and Penuel. Judges chapter 8:22-28 Gideon refuses kingship. Judges chapter 8:29-35 Gideon fathers seventy-one sons and dies. The story ends with a fact of how quickly we forget the lessons of the past.
"I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you."
Quote/Gideon Judges 8:23
So the question is have we forgotten the lessons of the past and now do what displeases God?
I say yes, what with so many Christian denominations and hostility and judgement of believers towards each other I think we need to change and change quickly.