Recently, I have had to ask the Lord for forgiveness: Between work and school, I have been going 7 days a week for several weeks, resulting in burnout, distractedness, and spiritual laziness and apathy. I am not making excuses, just identifying how subtly Satan works (Genesis 3:1); he almost never comes in with a sledgehammer.
Ironically enough, I believe it was the Lord Who opened the door for me to return to school and Who enabled me to get the excellent grades that I have received.
We must not let the Lord’s blessings take the place of Him (Deuteronomy 28).
Jesus is so precious! He deserves better than that. He deserves the best. He deserves everything.
We must be on guard at all times. When we find ourselves getting lazy, carnal, starting to drift away, we need to slap ourselves, force ourselves to snap out of it!
I feel like every few weeks, I need a good jolt, a good kick in the pants, a snap-out-of-it moment. I do not know if this is something specific to me or to most or all 21st-century, overly-busy Westernized Christians.
I have a cool Random Bible Chapter tool that I have been using a lot lately (I would probably only recommend it for individuals who are familiar with all the books and chapters of the Bible, so that they will know the context of which the random chapter is a part).
Anyway, my heart was warmed as I listened to two of the random chapters (from Hosea) that were selected. I love when the Lord speaks so vividly to me through His Word.
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you… (Jeremiah 3:14)
1 Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
3 and I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.
4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:
5 afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.
1 O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God;
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord:
say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously:
so will we render the calves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us;
we will not ride upon horses:
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands,
Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
4 I will heal their backsliding,
I will love them freely:
for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel:
he shall grow as the lily,
and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread,
and his beauty shall be as the olive tree,
and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return;
they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine:
the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?
I have heard him, and observed him:
I am like a green fir tree.
From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things?
prudent, and he shall know them?
for the ways of the Lord are right,
and the just shall walk in them:
but the transgressors shall fall therein.