Tuesday, October 18, 2011
One of my favorite quotes through the years that I believe was made by Spencer Hays, says, "The person we become is determined by the people we hang out with and the books we read." That's why it is important to take notice who our kid's friends are. Not that we should judge anyone, but that we should take the time to truly get to know them. In my opinion, there is no one more positive to hang out with than Jesus. Even amongst His people we need to be careful who we choose as our friends. The enemy masquerades as an angel of light, so the Bible makes it clear not all those who claim to love Him do. I was reading in Jeremiah chapter 2 before church on Sunday and was getting some pictures of the backslidden. God loves those who have fallen away. He loves them dearly. Just as is spoken and shown in Hosea, the church that is not faithful can break the heart of the faithful One. Anyway, back to Jeremiah. It says that they followed after worthless idols and became worthless. They became like the one they focused their love and attention on. They ended up going where no one wanted to be and lived where no one wanted to live. That is what sin does to us. It takes us into a life no one wants and takes us where no one wants to go. It also said that they exchanged the living water for cisterns that were cracked and unable to hold water. I always thought the first time living water was mentioned was at the well with the Samaritan woman when Jesus said if we came to Him and asked He would give us the water of life that would quench our thirst forever. Another part that I really liked was where it said we changed their Glory ( meaning God Himself) for worthless idols. I loved that in my translation that Glory was capitalized. Sometimes we pray that He will show us His glory. I just really liked that He Himself is the Glory we seek. Every woman, I think, loves the picture of the bride. A lot of thought and time goes in to making that one day the best it can be. So when He asks how a bride can forget to put on her jewelry, yet we forget Him, it really hits home to this woman. The Bible says He beautifies us with salvation. That is what I thought of when I read this. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did on Sunday. Though the backslider was talked about, it gave me such a beautiful picture of my Beloved. So let us follow after Him and place our affections on Him. We will look better to the world as we become more like Him. We will have something to offer that is worth offering and we will live a live that others envy.