Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year, A Strong Direction

This past week I went to the doctor's office to get the yearly flu shot. I only took the standard one that was available and did not opt in for the H1N1. I am still not comfortable with the new vaccine and I am not sure if I will ever be. In any case, the ritual of getting stuck in the arm to prevent a week of misery was part of my plans. Having the flu is not pleasant and I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent getting that nasty virus.

Have you ever disliked something so much that you would do whatever it would take to avoid having to deal with the consequences? It is almost like obeying all of the rules to avoid paying a speeding ticket, or giving your best on the court to avoid the reaction of the coach. Sometimes we do not picture that God is a "just" God and He demands Holiness from His people. It is obvious that many self proclaiming Christians today live in such a way that they do not believe there are present and future consequences for their actions.

In the Old Testament we see an interesting command given to New Kings as they start their rein over the children of Israel:

“Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. [The New King James Version. 1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.]

In light of living for before a Holy God, we should follow the commands given to the kings. They copied, read, and followed the decrees and words that we know as the book of Deuteronomy. This was done for the sole purpose of insuring correct actions of the kings. They were to have a spirit of obedience and humility. The result of this would be a long dynasty.

As we start a new year, let us desire the Word of God by placing it in our hearts to ponder and meditate on. Let us be obedient to its commands and decrees. Let us love others and show them the way of the Lord. Let us be the light that this world so desperately needs. The results will be amazing.

Hope you and your family have a happy and blessed new year.

In Christ,

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