Old School

“I bet I’ll knock you in to next week!” This of course a highly improbable scenario short of being put in to a coma and waking up a week later, but that’s an entirely different (and quite serious) issue. No doubt, today we raise our children differently. However, hearing these words as a child I knew that this extreme threat meant that whatever it is I was suppose to be doing needed to get done. I may not be knocked into next week, but I might just be picking myself up off of the floor. I suppose “old school” discipline involved fear of all sorts of extreme improbable threats by a parent and yet by the same breath of life, also came extreme acts of love; encouragement, support and sacrifice. The language of God in Leviticus is perhaps harsh and extreme and yet it is the same God who expressed extreme love through Jesus Christ. There is a consequence when we don’t always do what we are supposed to do. How gracious is it that we serve a God whose acts of Love are far more extreme than our disobedience?

…if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, then will I remember my covenant with Jacob; …with Isaac and …with Abraham, and I will remember the land.  Leviticus 26:27-42

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Life Happens

Today’s trouble is enough for today.  Matthew 6:25-34  Part of life is that we are encouraged to plan, yet with planning comes expectation. Expectation is a strong belief that something will happen or occur in the future. However, we can’t really know with absolute certainty that what we plan to happen will actually occur. In between the planning and the future end result, life happens one moment at a time. We make decisions based on what we expect to happen and planning is always a good thing. Yet let us first take action based on what is right and necessary for today, as we allow God’s Word to purpose our steps.

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.  Psalm 119:133