Repetitive acts can cause boredom, especially when the heart
is not passionate about the endeavor.
The nation of Israel was hardened to the things of God,
chiefly because their allegiance was based primarily on the letter of the law
and not the spirit of the law.
Life became very mundane, indeed the repetitive acts had caused the
people of God to become ensnared and caged by the sin of formalism. What they desperately needed, oddly
enough, they collectively rejected.
I love living in the mountains. On a clear day, as you climb
to the top of a mountain, your view is uninhibited. Personally I feel there is
nothing like it in the entire world.
From the hollows that provide a sense of security, to the mountaintops
where one can feel so free, God’s creation is beautiful. There is yet another
part of God’s creation that we cannot see with our physical eyes, the unseen
realm where Christ bids us welcome.
These “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8b) enable us to rise
above the gloom that sin produces.
This week marks the beginning of Advent. What that means varies from person to
person. For me, it’s spending time
reflecting on the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While I am fully aware that the date is
not right, what really matters to me is that people everywhere are more open to
hearing the wonderful story of my Lords first advent.
This year is a little different in the Elswick
household. My oldest son is
working overseas, and my youngest daughter and her husband are many states
away, needless to say, neither will be home for Christmas.
Psalm 119:72, “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than
thousands of gold and silver.”
How precious is the law of God to you? It seems I end up writing a lot about
the law of God. Partly because
many in the Church refuses to see its value, and also because I love how the
law reveals the character of God.
Verses like Psalm 119:165 offer stability in a time when men are running
to and fro, (“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall
offend them” Psalm 119:165).
Deuteronomy 31:24-26, NIV, “After Moses finished writing in
a book the words of this law from beginning to end, he gave this command to the
Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD: Take this Book of the
Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness
We live in an age where many in the Church dismiss any type
of law. Professor John Murray had
this to say about the commandments of God:
Jeremiah 35:12-19, NIV
Are we listening to God? The question before you implores you to respond not with
mere words, but action. James
1:22, 25 NIV,“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive
yourselves. Do what it says…“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that
gives freedom, and continues to do this; not forgetting what he has heard, but
doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
James was inspired to tell us to, “fix our attention on
God’s perfect law.
In the temporal realm there are many things to be thankful
for. While the list may vary from
person to person, most lists will include family, friends, employment, health,
a home, our country, food, and clothing, not necessarily in that particular
order. We are indeed blessed.
The purpose of today’s message however, is not to reflect on
the temporary, but the eternal.
Life as we know it, in the United States of America, is good.