We cannot presume that just because we think know that something is the will of God, it will automatically happen. History is full of situations where the sin of men and women has obstructed the plan of God. This means that we must avoid becoming complacent about the call of God to act upon His will in our lives. Diligence in obedience to God?s Word is always one of the easiest traits of a saint?s life to see. Let us seek to follow their example.
15 Thus the word of the LORD came to me: 16 Son of man, by a sudden blow I am taking away from you the delight of your eyes, but do not mourn or weep or shed any tears. 17 Groan in silence, make no lament for the dead, bind on your turban, put your sandals on your feet, do not cover your beard, and do not eat the customary bread. 18 That evening my wife died, and the next morning I did as I had been commanded. 19 Then the people asked me, ?Will you not tell us what all these things that you are doing mean for us?? I therefore spoke to the people that morning, 20 saying to them: Thus the word of the LORD came to me: 21 Say to the house of Israel: Thus says the Lord GOD: I will now desecrate my sanctuary, the stronghold of your pride, the delight of your eyes, the desire of your soul. The sons and daughters you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22  Ezekiel shall be a sign for you all that he did you shall do when it happens. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD. 23  You shall do as I have done, not covering your beards nor eating the customary bread. 24  Your turbans shall remain on your heads, your sandals on your feet. You shall not mourn or weep, but you shall rot away because of your sins and groan one to another.
P S A L M
Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
R: You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
18 You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, You forgot the God who gave you birth. 19 When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing and anger toward his sons and daughters. (R) 20 ?I will hide my face from them,? he said, ?and see what will then become of them. What a fickle race they are, sons with no loyalty in them! (R) 21 ?Since they have provoked me with their ?no-god? and angered me with their vain idols, I will provoke them with a ?no-people?; with a foolish nation I will anger them. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus gives the rich young man the simple legal answer to his question. When the man persists, He takes the answer to a deeper level that requires a commitment of one?s heart and spirit to the Law of God. The young man balks because his heart and mind are still seemingly caught up in the desires of the world. Given that you were the young man, what would your response have been to Jesus? second answer? It is easy to be judgmental of others. Let us try to put ourselves in their places, empathize with them, rather than judge their actions harshly.
16 Now someone approached him and said, ?Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?? 17 He answered him, ?Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.? 18 He asked him, ?Which ones?? And Jesus replied, ??You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; 19 honor your father and your mother?; and ?you shall love your neighbor as yourself.?? 20 The young man said to him, ?All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?? 21 Jesus said to him, ?If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.? 22 When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
think: Diligence in obedience to God?s Word is always one of the easiest traits of a saint?s life to see.
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