Would You Serve the Ones Who Hurt You?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Saturday, December 3, 2016 0 comments

by Nathan Buck

If we live long enough, we all face rejection. The more personal the rejection, the harder it is to forgive. It's even harder to imagine helping or serving the ones who hurt you.  I have been on both sides - the one hurt, and the one who hurt. I have been the one being served, humbled by grace and in forgiveness. And I have had to make the choice to serve those who wounded me. In both cases, there is only ONE reason why it happened: God. He had grace enough to cover the offenses, and a purpose for everyone involved.

The decision we all have to make is whether or not we will live our life, even our wounded experiences, for His purposes. Look at what happened to Jephthah in Judges 11:1-11.

After being rejected by his family and the leaders of his people, because he was born to a prostitute, Jephthah is faced with the decision to serve them as their leader. Initially, it didn't matter to them that Jephthah's father was Gilead, they just saw him as the worthless child of a harlot. But when the struggle with the Ammonites was too much for them, they seek out Jephthah to lead.

Jephthah has a choice: let them suffer and get even with them for rejecting him, or step forward to serve. It is in this moment Jephthah had to check his motives and decide. We get a hint into his thinking by the question he asks.

Instead of throwing their offenses back in their face, he asks a simple question (paraphrased): “If I do this, will you make me your leader as you promise?” This question in itself shows the heart of Jephthah. He asks about their commitment and resolve. For some reason, Jephthah seems to have it as an assumption that he can, and perhaps SHOULD, take on this role.

In Jephthah's situation, we are challenged with a difficult question. Are we willing to serve God, even when He prepares for us to serve those who hate us, hurt us, or are our enemies?

We can find the strength and courage to serve our enemies by remembering that EVERY situation in life is about God's purposes and plans. Getting our eyes off of our benefit, and letting go of the desire to control our offenders, is a start. If we truly want God's will in every situation, we will find a freedom to live and to serve in whatever situation He prepares. And the outcome He brings will be good.

The way we face our pain and serve God through it may position us to accomplish some greater purpose. It may be the example that changes someone else's life who has been watching us, or it may be the very process God uses to unburden us from the wound we were carrying. Or, like Jephthah, it could be the situation that rescues or changes the course of our nation.

Whether you are struggling with personal offenses, the results of the latest election, or some other experience you feel has been inflicted upon you, take a hint from Jephthah. It is a waste of our life to harbor resentment and seek revenge, even for very painful experiences. It is best to seek God's will and to take on each opportunity we have with our eyes focused on Him.

Are you constantly looking for God's purpose in every situation? Here is a tool you can use daily as a prayer and to help you reflect on your motives: Matthew 6:5-15. Read these verses and memorize them, particularly the Lord's Prayer. Praying this prayer that Jesus taught His disciples can help you get perspective and stay focused on God's plans. May God bless you with clarity as you pray.

(Note: For those in actively harmful or abusive situations, let me be clear - I am not saying to extend trust to an offender who has abused you, or to put yourself in an unwisely vulnerable situation. If you are actively being abused, you MUST seek help and get to safety. Jephthah's example is not about allowing abuse or being someone's doormat. From a place of equal power and freedom as a person, Jephthah chose to serve those who had rejected him. Again, if you are actively being harmed by others, you MUST seek out help from a trustworthy adult who has the authority and ability to get you to safety.)

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The Praying Partner

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, December 2, 2016 2 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

[This blog post is part of a series. The previous post is here.]

There is no such thing as a lone wolf Christian. We are never meant to walk out our faith alone. There is a time and place to get alone with God. There are times where God needs to move you forward without taking anyone else with you. I will talk about that next week. This is about the need for working together and for the Body of Christ to work together.

One thing I must confess here: I have never had someone teach me how to pray. I have also never had a real spiritual mentor. I grew up on the mission field, and my parents are Godly people. They did not know even a fraction of the doctrine I know now. They did not know how to teach me how to walk with Christ. But their faith was genuine. I knew they knew to depend upon God for their daily needs. They taught me that I could trust God and his promises in the Bible. It was not easy, but in the end one of my sisters and I are actively in ministry today.

Why do I bring this up? Every person needs someone to teach them in the faith and every person needs someone to teach. I have had many influence me, but I cannot think of anyone who has really taught me one-on-one how to live out true Christianity. You need a father in the faith and you need to be a father. I have not had a real “father” in the faith. My dad was the one that lead me to Christ when I was seven years old, but he did not know how to teach me to pray even remotely in the sense I have been learning. I do know, however, that he did pray and still does. He just did not know how to teach me to pray other than to “just pray.” He is not a theologian, nor a scholar. His faith is overall very simple and very trusting, and I could not ask for a better father. Unfortunately, this left me not truly understanding how prayer really is supposed to work beyond the basic, elementary levels. E.M Bounds had a lot to say about this:

"Where are the Christian leaders who can teach the modern saints how to pray and put them at it? Do we know we are raising up a prayerless set of saints? Where are the apostolic leaders who can put God's people to praying. Let them come to the front and do the work, and it will be the greatest work that can be done. … We put it as our most sober judgment that the great need of the church is this and all ages is men of such commanding faith, of such unsullied holiness, of such marked spiritual vigor and consuming zeal, that their prayers, faith, lives, and ministry will be of such a radical and aggressive form as to work spiritual revolutions with will form eras in individual and Church life." ~Bounds: The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds page 50

I do not want to complain about what I was not given, however I see a significant need for spiritual mentors and prayer partners to build us in our faith. Who is teaching us how to pray? Who is helping us in our walk? What kind of people do we turn to when we need a mentor or a partner? Do we have mentors that seek to strengthen our walk with Christ or do we surround ourselves with people who will just tell us what we want to hear?

Rehoboam was the son of the wisest person who ever lived besides Christ in Solomon. He had the chance to listen to his father’s advisors, but he preferred to listen to his own friends and as a result the people rebelled against him. Asa started out as a good king but at the end of his life, he lost his faith. When a disease affected his feet, he refused to consult the Lord and instead consulted the physicians. He did not seek God’s advice on the matter. Saul went a step even further than these two. When he disobeyed God over and over again, God refused to speak to him. So Saul sought to get a word from Samuel, who was dead, through a medium at Endor. Necromancy is explicitly forbidden in the Law. All three of these needed a wise mentor and did not seek nor heed them. David, however, did when he sinned with Bathsheba and with the census. He listened to the prophets Nathan and Gad. David had wise mentors and listened to them. Rehoboam, Asa, and Saul had access to wise counselors and did not utilize them.

Eric Ludy in his sermon Five Smooth Stones talks about the development of new Christian leaders in his Bible college, Ellerslie. One thing Ludy said was when a student would come to the staff to ask for prayer, they would turn them around and ask: “Have you prayed about this yourself first?” This was not to turn them down, but to establish a pattern of turning to God and to prayer first. Too often, however, we turn to the philosophies and practices of the world first and to God last. This is what good mentors will do: teach their pupils how to lean upon God.

Aside from just mentors, do we have prayer partners? Do we have someone we can turn to when we are going through struggles who will pray with us, cover our sins, and lift us up? This is another area I lack. There are very few men I know that I could trust to take me where I need to go, and most of them live somewhere other than El Paso. My own pastor is a Godly man and I have gone to him for counsel, but he is not meant to be the mentor type, at least for now (and I have been praying about that). There is one friend who went with me to the Cadre that would love to be a prayer partner with me, but we have not worked out how to do that due to our schedules.

Something my pastor told me about was a practice another pastor did. This pastor had a yearly physical, and after one of them God asked him about getting a spiritual. Without a clue about what that meant, God said to choose five of his closest friends, pay their way for a three-day retreat, and allow them to perform a spiritual examination of him. This pastor said it was one of the greatest experiences he ever had.

Back in March, I got to taste what this would look like over a short 3-hour session. The friend I mentioned above, my parents, and another dear friend (who is not local) formed a “prayer posse” and we took care of some business. It is something I would love to do again for a longer time. It is also something I would love to do for someone else.

Everyone needs someone feeding them and everyone needs someone to feed. We cannot do this alone. We need to work together as a body, unified in Christ, even if our doctrines vary. However, we must not choose partners and mentors who will not bring us closer to Christ. Bad things happen if we are unwise in this regard. How do we choose our prayer partners, our mentors, and our pupils? Jesus spent all night in prayer before choosing his 12 disciples. The secret to a good prayer partner is to first be in prayer yourself. Next week, I will address the need for a quiet time, a personal time with God.

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The Oral Legend of Jesus

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Thursday, December 1, 2016 0 comments

by Steve Risner

In my last post, we touched on some comments made by an atheist friend of mine concerning Christianity. He gave me a 5 point statement on what he believes Christianity is. The first point he made was this: “Some philosopher 2000 years ago softened the image of the vengeful Old Testament God and became a legend when he was martyred by the Romans.” I feel we examined this point fairly well in that post. This week's statement is this:

“A couple of centuries later, the oral legend of said philosopher was finally transcribed.”

This is a rather interesting statement. Atheists have a tendency to boast about being rational and fact-based. I believe I can accurately say that not a single time in my discussions with this atheist has he used a single source or reference for any statement he makes. He's merely shoving his opinion at me and likely believing he's the intellectually superior participant in our conversation. Most atheists do, I have found. Facts are those little things that atheists just can't get away from, so while they'll act like they're “science minded” or they “prefer logic and reason,” they will rarely use facts when they discuss atheism or Christianity. If they do use facts, they're frequently half the story.

In this case, there are “facts” given that are absolutely false. We discussed last time why the term “philosopher” is completely inappropriate in describing Jesus. The term “legend” can be very appropriate, but I don't think he means it that way. A legend can mean a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated. This, of course, is not correct since the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are quite thoroughly authenticated. I've gone to great lengths to note the evidence for Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection. One of those blog posts is called “The Real Jesus.” It may be helpful to read “The Birth of the Way” as well. There are Christian, Jewish, and secular writers that all authenticate His existence. The fact that Christianity, birthed out of something amazing, is here today and the largest faith on the planet as a result of the message of love and grace rather than force, further supports this. A legend can also mean an extremely famous person or someone who is well known. That is certainly the case. Jesus Christ has impacted the world far more than anyone in the history of the planet. So, by this definition, I completely agree that Jesus Christ is a legend.

But this atheist makes the claim that the “oral legend” of Jesus was only written down a couple of centuries later. Let's be clear here: a “couple of centuries” is no less than 200 years. Let's take a look and see if this is true.

Most scholars agree that the first Gospel written was Mark. It's believed it was written about 70 AD. Mark was a close associate of Jesus. He wasn't one of the Twelve, but was undoubtedly present for a great deal of Christ's ministry. If Mark, most likely a first-hand observer, wrote down his experiences with Christ within 40 years of Jesus death, doesn't it seem that what this atheist is saying about the writing of the Gospels is in error? Of course it does! Even if he's exaggerating to make his point, he's a far cry from the actual numbers.

Most scholars also hold that Matthew and Luke were written about 10-20 years after Mark. Matthew was one of the twelve disciples. Luke was a physician and is very well known for his attention to detail. He interviewed many people who were eye witnesses before writing his Gospel.

There is a line of reasoning that suggests all 3 of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) were written before 70 AD, because no mention of the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy concerning the destruction of the temple is mentioned in them. This was a major event in Jewish history and, again, was a fulfillment of prophecy spoken by Jesus Himself. It certainly would have added credibility to His authority if they would have included that information. They note several other fulfilled prophecies in their writings. It also seems likely that the Book of Acts was penned before the destruction of the Temple or it most likely would have been included in the book. Also of importance concerning the Book of Acts is how it, being a history book of Christians and Jews immediately after Christ's ascension, does not mention the intense persecution brought on by Nero nor does it mention the martyrdom of James, Paul, or Peter—all of which occurred in the early to mid 60s AD. This would place its writing even closer to the days that Jesus walked the earth.

It's important to note as well that these writings were done while those who witnessed the events contained in them were still around. If they contained false information, certainly someone—especially those who hated the Christians and were responsible for His death—would have spoken up had there been false testimony given. We find no record of this at all. In fact, Paul even tells his readers to test his account of things by asking those who were there. If Acts was written in the early 60s AD, then most certainly the Gospel of Luke was written prior to that since it was written first. There is debate as to when exactly these books were written, but it seems very clear they were penned before the close of the first century and were done so by eye witnesses of Jesus Christ's life and ministry, or under the direction of those who witnessed the events recorded. This is a far cry from the “couple of centuries later” that we see being proposed by this atheist. In fact, the Book of Matthew was quoted by early Christian writers within 80 years of Christ's death and resurrection. So it had to have been written much earlier than “a couple of centuries later.”

These things are very important, in my opinion. If the Gospels were written by people who walked and talked with Jesus or by someone who interviewed many witnesses of His life, this adds to their credibility. If they were written very close to the time in which the events reported occurred, this also lends to their credibility. Since there are no contradictory books available that I am aware of, we have no reason to doubt their authenticity.

I had wondered if this unbeliever was referencing the Council of Nicea in 325 AD when he made his “couple of centuries later” statement. If this is so, he'll be glad to find that this is not when the Biblical canon (the books accepted as part of the Bible) was decided on. In fact, the test for including a book in the Bible was never done at a single time but was done over a very long period—each book being added as it was found to meet the criteria for being included. The Council of Nicea did make a statement on the canon of Scripture and essentially declared that the accepted canon was accepted. The canon was actually accepted long before. Worldview Warriors blogger Charlie Wolcott did a nice series on this subject, and you can find the first post in this series here.

This further shows us that, like most atheists I've encountered who want to engage in these discussions, this atheist is not interested in the truth. He's not interested in facts. He's not interested in understanding Christianity. He has a very skewed concept of Christianity that is far from what following Jesus Christ is about. But that's the key: he has no interest in understanding. He wants to deny his Creator. He can't accept the truth of Jesus Christ or the Gospel because that would destroy his worldview. I don't believe there are many true atheists, meaning a person who actually does not believe in the God Who made the universe. There are God deniers, for sure. This is very different from not believing He exists. One key piece of evidence for this is that most God-deniers (aka atheists) don't care about the facts at all—not hardly. They act like they do, but they reject facts and believe fairly tales that defy logic and reason. This atheist is no different.

Be encouraged, believers. Atheists don't have a logic, scientific, or factual position to stand on at all. They adhere to a religion that has no rational basis at all. Praise God! Our faith is a faith based on facts and based on Truth found in God's Word. Our faith is defensible. The faith of the atheist is nonsensical and irrational. We'll get into this more next time.

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Dr. Strange and American Spirituality

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3 comments

by David Odegard

I viewed Dr. Strange last week and it is my new favorite Marvel movie. (Do they have all the money in Hollywood yet?) This movie does illustrate very well the “mythos” of contemporary culture. Let me explain what I mean by mythos. Mythos is the stories that convey our values to one another. It is a way to exaggerate the human condition or human problems and the solutions. Superman, for example, illustrates a value that we all hold to be universally true: justice. Superman is all about justice for all. No one has real supernatural powers like flight or laser vision, but we do believe in the justice that Superman represents. The myth of Superman conveys who we are or how we want to be. One can see how important Superman was to the WWII generation who were fighting against Hitler to save the world.

Dr. Strange is a myth that conveys our values, too. The movie provides an excellent commentary on America’s transition from modernity to post-modernity, atheism to an unguided spirituality.

Dr. Strange is a highly skilled surgeon, the top of his field. He is a genius, witty, rich, and possesses a pair of incredibly skillful hands, but is quite low in compassion, humanity, and wisdom. He is the personification of modern man. This part of the myth is a commentary on what is good and bad about our modern life. Why is it that we possess such technology that we can communicate with anyone on earth in real time, we are only hours away from any spot on earth, but we still have so much tragedy and suffering? For all of our abilities, we still are not very compassionate.

Dr. Strange learns this for himself after he has an accident that ruins his hands (this is as close to a spoiler as I get, but it happens within the first 15 minutes, so we’re cool). He spends all of his money to no avail. He calls on other surgeons to help, but everyone says there is no way that he can be made well and no one is willing to risk their own reputation to help him—just like Dr. Strange has acted. Finally, out of desperation he turns to a mystic source of healing.

He confronts a mystic healer and says, “I don’t believe in Chakras and all that crap.” Dr. Strange only believes in the material universe—just like a good atheist. But he is confronted by the reality of a spiritual universe.

At this point, Dr. Strange throws away his atheism and begins to believe in a supernatural world. The spirituality presented in the movie is a mixture of Hindu, Christian, Satanism, and pagan spirituality that lends to a very occult flavor (but that’s Disney). This captures the current mood in America as well. As a nation, we have a weariness with atheistic naturalism and a desire for a dramatic supernaturalism; whether it is Christian makes no difference to a lot of the people on the street.

Humans are spiritual beings, and we have an inner longing for spirituality that cannot be explained in completely rational ways. That is why we have always liked stories of dragons and wizards. It reaches into a place in us that longs for something more than the mundane world. This is natural to us.

Modern man tries to ignore the spiritual nature of human beings. But even if we assert that there is no supernatural world, our spirituality will still come out sideways. That is what happens to Dr. Strange.

Dr. Strange is a very post-modern movie. What I mean by post-modern is that it has thrown away the idea that there is only one ultimate truth. It embraces the idea that there are many competing truths that are equally valid if it makes sense to someone. That is why in Dr. Strange’s spirituality, there are elements from all the major world religions except Islam. In a post-modern view of the world, it doesn’t matter if you pick and choose from the different spiritual ideas as long as it helps you tell your story. That really is what mythos is all about, but Christians have always realized that in addition to the smaller stories that help to make sense out of our own lives, there is one overarching story that is based on ultimate reality.

Once we discard the notion that only the material world exists, we have to sift through all of the available spiritual models of the universe to discern which one best accords with reality, not our personal preferences. They cannot all be equally true. Christianity stands in a spiritual tradition that is at least 6000 years old. I will spend the next few blog posts comparing Christianity to other available spiritual worldviews.

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Judges 11:1-11

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, November 28, 2016 0 comments

by Katie Erickson

“Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. 'You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,' they said, 'because you are the son of another woman.' So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.
Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. 'Come,' they said, 'be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.'
Jephthah said to them, 'Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?'
The elders of Gilead said to him, 'Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head over all of us who live in Gilead.'
Jephthah answered, 'Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives them to me—will I really be your head?'
The elders of Gilead replied, 'The Lord is our witness; we will certainly do as you say.' So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.” (Judges 11:1-11)

Israel is being oppressed by the Ammonites and Philistines, and in last week’s passage we saw that they were finally crying out to God for help, and God would deliver them. But, they needed a commander for their army, so now we come to the story of Jephthah.

First we need to know Jephthah’s background. He was from an upper class family of that time, and he was named after a famous ancestor - the grandson of Manasseh, who was the son Joseph (of the “coat of many colors” fame). But, Jephthah was an illegitimate son, being born from a prostitute, so he ranked at the very bottom of the family hierarchy. Because of his, he ended up having to run away from his family.

While away from his family, Jephthah established his reputation as a skilled fighter. Now that Israel needed a skilled fighter like Jephthah, his brothers saw his value and wanted his help, after running him off years earlier. Naturally, Jephthah is bitter about this history between him and his brothers (verse 7). They expect him to help them, after they were so mean to him? Really??

To try and convince Jephthah to help them out, the elders of Israel promised him a position as ruler of Gilead after the battle (verse 8). In verse 9, Jephthah shows his deep faith in God: if Israel wins the battle, it’s not because of his skill but because of the Lord’s doing. So Jephthah was made the commander of the army.

Jephthah was considered the least of his family, but God clearly has a plan for his life. You may think that God could never use you because of your situation or what you’ve been through in life, but as we’ll see as we continue in this story, God will use Jephthah and God can use you too. God will do mighty things through your life if you’re obedient to Him, even if you have a troubled past or a lowly upbringing. None of that matters to God; you are His child and He would love to invite you into what He is doing in your life and use you for His mighty purposes. Will you let Him?

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God’s Provision

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Sunday, November 27, 2016 0 comments

by Ami Samuels

One morning as I was listening to Christian radio, a young woman was sharing her testimony. She was sharing about her family’s loss. Her father, who was a pastor, passed away unexpectedly. Her mother, who had a chosen to stay at home and raise their children, was having a hard time finding a job to provide for her family.

The young woman went on to say that her mother kept telling them that God would provide, but she was struggling because she couldn’t see his provision. Then she said as she looked around she began to see God’s provision. They moved in with relatives and the church gave them money to meet most of their needs.

This story made me think of the scripture verse of John 14:27: “I do not give to you as the world gives.” This family was searching and praying for a job to fulfill their need, but God showed up through his people with funds and a place to live.

Jesus doesn’t give as the world gives. I think we miss where God is providing in our lives because the provision isn’t what we prayed for, or how the world might provide.

I know in my life I have prayed and prayed for an answer to prayer. God has answered that prayer, but not how I had imagined it would turn out. Sometimes the answer was better than I could have imagined it, and other times the answer was no, or not now.

Where is God blessing you in your life? Take a few minutes today and thank Him for his provision and answered prayers.

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Is This What You Wanted?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Saturday, November 26, 2016 0 comments

by Nathan Buck

There were many times growing up when I chose to ignore my parents’ wisdom in order to choose what I wanted. I had all kinds of reasons of why it was "ok" or even a "good" choice. It didn’t matter how much I rationalized; it wasn't okay and it wasn't good. I was breaking relationship and making decisions that could affect us all. And deep down, I knew it.

Last week, I challenged all of us to examine what our relationship with God is like. If you didn't read that blog post, you can by clicking here. If our relationship is healthy, then we know who God is and we don't allow other agendas, ideologies, or religions confuse us about His identity. If our relationship with God is poor, then we may be confused. We may be tempted to pick and choose the parts of religions we like, and try to "cover all our bases" in case God is not who we thought He was. Or we may just flat out reject His authority all together in order to trust our own power and humanity.

Consequences will follow either a healthy or unhealthy relationship with God. And Israel learned the hard way, that turning away from God was not worth the consequence. Read Judges 10:10-18.

Notice that after Israel rejects God, He decides to inform them of their consequence. Since they decided to worship other gods, God tells them that He will no longer rescue them and that they should ask the other gods to rescue them. Nothing is more sobering than a sudden reality check. Suddenly, the real risk, the real cost of turning away is right in front of them. Their reaction exposes the root of their broken relationship.

They had turned from God, not because of who He was or wasn't, but rather because of what THEY wanted. They added all these other gods in to try and gain power, influence, to be treated normally in the culture, etc. But when they are faced with trusting these other gods for their lives, what do they do?

The stark reality of what they know to be true, that God alone is God and there are no other gods beside Him, was put in front of them with a sobering choice. If they really thought these other gods had any real power or control over life, they would have shrugged off God's statement and said goodbye to Him. But they immediately begged God for forgiveness and cleared out all the false gods in their midst.

As a father, I am saddened when my kids choose not to listen to or trust my guidance. When I see them face consequences they didn't have to, it hurts me too. When they know what is good and choose something less, it is hard to watch. I am grateful when they realize the truth of their situation and run back to me for help. From what I can tell, God feels the same way. I am so glad that we do not have to rely on empty philosophies and broken ideologies that have no power. He will let us trust our illusions and desires if we insist, but He knows that when we come to our senses we will wake up to His grace and mercy. I pray we all come to see Him clearly while we still have time to lay down all the lesser thoughts and things.

I invite you again to examine your relationship with God, and to consider what beliefs or ideologies you are trusting. Then consider this: do any of them have the power to rescue you from danger, or guide your life with eternal Truth? Don't dismiss that question too quickly. You may have experiences where you didn't get what you want, or God didn't do what you wanted, but that doesn't mean He isn't there. It doesn't mean He isn't powerful, and it doesn't mean He isn't right, just, and true.

We have the same choice as Israel. We can trust the gods we fashioned out of our desires, or we can trust God Almighty regardless of how He may or may not meet our expectations. Somewhere deep down, if we are honest, there is a part of us that knows God is real and that we should trust Him. Will you do the work to get past confusion and distraction to have a healthy relationship with Him?

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