GOOD MORNING SIBLINGS!
Today’s readings are Psalm 106-107
Y’all, I was going through our psalms and one verse jumped out of me and took hold. That one verse is my focus today, with an excited, determined, and grateful heart at what we are all participating in here together! So forgive me if I go off to tangentville a bit. My journey began in our readings today and then I got fired up for the Father and started typing!
Psalms 106:36 says
“They served their idols, which became a snare to them.”
It’s such a slippery slope, being in the world, following the world’s ways, and giving our attention to the little idols that are set up along our path. If you’re anything like me, some of them go unnoticed – but they are still there, and the Word says that they become a snare.
Messiah condemned the Pharisees because they held up tradition as more important than the Word of YHWH, even when it contradicted what God said (Matthew 15). Traditions of man became an idol and even worse, the people began looking to these traditions, this idol, as a source of salvation and righteousness.
Despite the contradictions, people followed these teachings.
It’s what everyone else was doing.
They were used to it.
It felt “normal”.
And so, rather than question tradition, they just followed, assuming that those leading them knew best, knew better than they did. Out of this trust, they followed their instructions and assumed they were “as good as” YHWH’s instructions.
When Ezra ordered the Israelites to put aside their foreign wives, many of us felt pity at first (Ezra 10). But then we remember that the Father told them, at the very start, not to intermingle with those foreigners because they would lead them away from Him. They would lead them into idol worship. It wasn’t just that they had intermarried with women who worshipped idols, it was that they had been unfaithful to YHWH, in His eyes they had broken the sixth commandment with Him being the one they had committed adultery against.
“They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.”
It was a slippery slope.
Just a little leaven. A little sin. A little following of tradition that generations before had done.
We are the generation to break away from this.
We are the generation to open the book once more, to read His words for ourselves.
We are the generation who, when Joshua asks “Choose this day who you will serve”
We respond with
“We will serve YHWH, the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and we will bow down to no other.”
“Save us YHWH and gather us from the nations”.
The remnant has awakened. YHWH is moving and we will move with him – then we will teach our children and grandchildren to do the same.
Let us praise His mighty name now and forever for leading us out of the desert!
Prepare your hearts. The world has told us that obeying YHWH is bondage. We see now that was a lie. True bondage is letting the world pull us away from our God. YHWH’s people have been ensnared, chained, and bound, and He is calling us to stand up, allow Him to break the chains, and take that step of faith, believing in His word that to serve Him is true freedom. The waters are parting. We need only take the path He has put before us.
Thus says YHWH: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
You wanna know what takes faith?
Faith is having the courage to say “Father, show me what is in my life that does not honor you. Show me how I am walking in disobedience to your Word – and help me to remove that from my life so that I may fully follow your ways instead of my own.” That act of faith is a step onto a raging sea. Book open, eyes on Him.
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!
May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!