What I read today;
James 1-2; John 6-7; Amos 7-8; Proverbs 10; Job 42; Deuteronomy 13
When I was attending high school in the early 1980s, it was required that every High School student pass two courses to graduate. The first course was the Constitution of the state of Illinois, and the second was the Constitution of the United States of America. The belief at the time was that for people to be good citizens, that they needed to understand the founding documents of our country and state and the way that our government is supposed to work.
Today, you can see that we’ve moved away from the idea that we should understand what our founding documents say. Our Congress passes laws that take our rights away from us, and our courts find new rights that don’t exist in our founding documents. It’s what happens to a country when we forget who we are.
The same is true for our faith. The less we worship, study scripture outside of the church, and pray, the less important our faith becomes to each of us. It also becomes easier for someone to teach things outside of scripture and claim them to be from scripture. We find ourselves listening to preachers who tell us what we want to hear, rather than listening to what God’s word actually says.
You can find preachers who will say that if we tithe God will make us millionaires, and some people will blindly follow them. Some people will tell you that if your faith were stronger, you wouldn’t have cancer or be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Before too long, it becomes easy to say that Jesus was “one way” to heaven not “the way” to heaven.
As our society drifts further and further away from the word of God, God chooses not to force himself onto us. He lets us get lost. That’s where things were when the prophet Amos said this;
“The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.”
There is a saying that those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, the history of the church is littered with preachers who prayed on those who didn’t know the word of God for personal gain. Protect yourself by daily reading and studying what God says and praying for his wisdom and guidance in your life.