What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 16; Mark 15; Daniel 5-6; Proverbs 9-10; 2 Chronicles 25-26; Numbers 35
In Numbers 35, God gives Moses the final instructions for the conquest of Canaan. In verse 52, God tells Moses that the Israelites are to drive all the inhabitants from the land and destroy all there places of worship.
Why would God do that? Isn’t he a God of love? I thought he was supposed to be a God of mercy and grace?
In verse 55, God explains why this is important. God knows that the worship of the Canaanites will entice the Israelites. The allure of the practices of the land will cause the people of Israel to abandon the one true God and follow false gods.
When an alcoholic finally stops drinking, the addict must stay away from Bars. Not only that, sometimes he has to leave behind the friends and family members who drink socially. The temptation to take that first drink is so enticing that the addict shouldn’t even be in that room. If the addict goes back to those places, he is far more likely to fail and begin drinking again.
When we come to Christ, there are things in our lives that we realize we need to get rid of. We have addictions as well. We have our own pet sins that stick to us. When we come to Christ, leaving those sins is difficult. Sometimes nearly impossible. We spend our lifetime struggling to rid ourselves of those things that God wants us to leave behind.
God knows that we will fail. God expects us to do everything in our power to live a life that is pleasing to God and leave the rest up to the grace that Jesus gives to us.
However, it’s still important to recognize that if we get too chummy with the world around us, the world can cause us to fall away. It’s just utterly too enticing. The call to pleasure and self-service is incredible in today’s society.
That’s why God tells us to get rid of the things of the world. To be in the world but not of the world.
Is there something in your life that is getting in the way of your relationship with Jesus? Spend some time today looking for ways to get rid of the obstacles between you and Jesus!