If there’s one commandment God was serious about, in the old testament divided kingdom of Israel/Judah and serious about NOW (surely He is serious about them all), it was/is to NOT build and worship false idols. The bad seeds replace the good seeds. It makes us dependent upon man and his schemes rather than God and His Salvation. We do this on a small scale and sometimes on a big scale. God says: Don’t do that.
We need to NOT drift. We need to tend to our good seeds planted in us. We need to rely upon Him. Keep track from derailments.
Summer time flies away, and like my garden, we need to weed out and block out the opportunities for the distractions to get a foothold in us. Then before we know it, the distractions take up the time and the water and the nourishments God intended for our time with Him. The weeds, however pretty like purple morning glories, twist up the stems and leaf out depriving the plants and block the fruits from forming well. There will be no harvest to enjoy or store for winter. The weeds create a tangled mess and will have to be tossed. The garden a jungle. Our lives lost in the thicket of sin.
One true opportunity God gives our gardens (AND US) is to BEGIN AGAIN. When garden weeds are killed by winter’s coldness, we start fresh. When we shun the distractions, they walk away. Our lives can be renewed DAILY by taking up our crosses and being less us and more Him. EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY.
The Israelites may have been exiled again, but we CAN come back, we HAVE a new beginning in Christ. We can walk back His Way. He will forgive and our life begins again.
That’s why God wants all of our attention. We need to stay on track. He wants us close where He can protect us. Have Him call you into the station house on time.
Someday this world will end, we won’t have a second chance that day. So TODAY, let us walk God’s Way.
2nd Kings 17:7-23
For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger: For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.
And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.
Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the Lord, and made them sin a great sin.
For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; Until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.