The Dinah Incident

In my humble opinion, it seems that more and more people are spending their time “fitting in” with the world, rather with the Lord.  We all want to be liked. We all want to have friends. We all want to be happy. But, as we “fit in” with the world, are we making our lives better or worse?

In Genesis 34:25-26 we read, “25 Now it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came boldly upon the city and killed all the males. 26 And they killed Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and went out.”

Shechem, a prince, had forced, sexual relations with Dinah (Jacob’s daughter) and Jacob’s family vowed revenge for this unGodly act upon Dinah. They devised a plan to have all of the males from Hamor and Shechem’s city be circumcised so that they two cultures may marry and live together. Hamor and Schechem agreed because they “wanted to fit in” with Jacob’s family. Three days after being circumcised, Jacob’s family attached and completely wiped the city out. You see, Hamor and Shechem’s desire to fit in for their own needs was their downfall.

In your desire to “fit in” with the world, don’t let that desire be your downfall. Remember that you are the Lords. Remember that you are to live according to His Word. Remember that all that they world can do for you is to weaken your relationship with God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How Long Will You Wrestle?

In society, wrestling has become a very popular “sport”. From WWE, WWF, and many others, there are numerous shows and pay-per-view events where fans can watch their favorite athletes battle for the “title”. Wrestling may be enjoyable and fun to watch, but did you know that wrestling can be bad for you?

In Genesis 32:24 we read, “ 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. ” Jacob wrestled with God and was left with a limp for the remainder of his life as a reminder of his “struggle” with God.

I am sure that there are many things that we wrestle with God over, but is it wise to do so? He knows what is best. He knows when it is best. He knows how it is best. Rather than wrestle with God, spend your time with God. Let Him be your guide. Let Him direct your path.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How Blessed Are You?

I think that it only human nature to look at others around us and think that they are more “blessed” than we are. We seem to think that they are happier, they are smarter, they are healthier, etc….. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “how blessed are you?”

In Genesis 27:38, we read, “38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.” Jacob had tricked his father, Issac, and received the blessing that should have gone to Esau. In his panic, Esau cried out, “Have you only one blessing?”.

We may think that they Lord has “only one blessing” that is intended for someone else. But, never forget that the Lord blesses us all everyday in very different and unique ways. No, it might not be the same as those around you, but the blessings that He pours out on you are designed and destined especially for you. The next time you feel that others are “more blessed”, ask yourself, “how blessed am I”?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

You Can’t Take It With You…..

I have noticed something strange that happens when we purchase something new.  It seems we spend more time thinking about it before we purchase it than we do after we “own” it.  Whether it be a car, phone, home, clothes, we think about it a lot before we “sign-on-the-dotted line” and very little about it after that. Before we buy it, as we think about it, we get excited, happy, etc. After we purchase it, we think of the bills, the headaches, the “problems” with it.  What happened?

In Job 36:19 we read, “Will your riches, Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?”

The Book of Job reminds us that the things of this world that may bring us temporary joy, will never keep us from the distresses of this world. In fact, they may add to them. The only true way to receive joy and happiness in this world is to receive Jesus. He is your joy. He is your peace. He is your salvation.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Sour Taste of Sin

A few years ago, I did something foolish — I tried to replicate a food challenge that was on the Travel Channel’s show “Man v. Food”. It was very appropriately called the “hellfire spicy tuna challenge”. Well, I can tell you there was not a lot of tuna, but a lot of spice. To be specific, cayenne pepper! I am not afraid to tell you that I only completed half of the challenge. I am also not afraid to tell you that I was suffering for a few days after that. You see, what I thought would taste good in my mouth resulted in pain and suffering in my body for days to come. Did you know that the same can be said for sin?

In Job 20:12-14 it states, “12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his tongue, 13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth, 14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.”

Yes, sin may “taste” sweet while we are in the act, but never forget that it will ultimately make your stomach turn sour. Or, as Job tells us, “it becomes cobra venom within him”. Sin will always be bad. Sin will always turn sour. Sin will always be poison to you and your body.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It Will Sprout Again

Earlier this year, there was a very large fire in the mountains above Glendora. For months afterwards, the hillsides were black and barren.  Honestly, it didn’t look like anything would ever grow again there; everything was gone, everything was destroyed. But then, something amazing happened. After a few days of rain (yes, it does rain in LA), what was once dead was returning to life. With each passing rain storm, more and more plants and trees are returning to life.  Have you ever felt like those mountains? It seems like all has been destroyed and damaged and there is really no hope of things changing for you?

In Job 14:7 we read, ““For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.”

The Bible promises that although we will have “wildfires” in our life that seem to destroy and damage everything important to us, the Lord will come and restore that which is dead.  Yes, that what you have lost the Lord promises, “it will sprout again”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How Faithful are You?

As I drive my son to school, I use GPS to find the “fastest” route to school.  He goes to school a good distance from home and we have to drive in early morning rush hour traffic.  For the most part, the GPS takes us a similar route everyday that gets to school in plenty of time. The routes make sense and they work for us.  Today, however, was a different story. My trusty GPS took me a route that had me go a completely different and unusual route. I kept wondering if it was working correctly. On several occasions, I shut it off and turned it back on thinking it would “correct” itself and get us back onto our usual routes. It never changed, but we did get to school on time.

In Genesis 6:22 we have a description of Noah, “22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” God told Noah to build an arc and he did, even though it probably sounded crazy to those around him.

As you hear the Lord’s calling, how faithful are you? Do you continue to listen to God’s “GPS” even though the route or distance doesn’t seem to make sense for where you think you are going? Do you build an arc when it seems unusual and maybe even a little crazy? As you hear the Lord’s calling, how faithful are you?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Sin is a Funny Thing

Sin is a funny thing……. It is a decision that we make on our own. It is an act that we commit on our own. But, the consequences are felt by all of those around us.

In Genesis 4:8 it states, “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Cain had make his own decision, took his own action, yet it was his brother (Abel) that suffered because of it. Always remember that the sins that we commit in private will have consequences that will be seen in public.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What is Dust Worth?

I bet that if you were to look at all of the worries/stresses/burdens that people have, they involve “dust”. Dust? You may be wondering that that means, so let me tell you. I see all of those things we strive for, purchase, lust for as being “dust”. To me, it seems that most of our trials and worries in life involve all of the material things in life. Hear my heart, the Bible tells us we are responsible for taking care of our families and providing for our families, but do we place too much importance on the “dust”?

In Genesis 3:19 God told Adam, “19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are,And to dust you shall return.”

All of those material things we desire, lust for and strive for will one day just be “dust”. As you look at the real dust on the ground, do you believe that it is worth the stress it is causing in your life? Remember, “For dust you are, to dust you shall return”. If we are to desire and strive for only one thing, it should be the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Do You Have A Blank Canvas?

One of the things that I have always admired about my wife is the fact that she can see things that I cannot. For example, she can look at an empty room and see something fully furnished and beautiful. Honestly, if it would have been left to me, our house would still be empty because I cannot see the “possibilities”. Seeing that in a house is one thing, but are there other empty/blank things that we should be seeing something fully furnished and beautiful?

In Genesis 1:1-2 we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” God was able to see something beautiful in something that “was without form, and void”.

As we go out into the world, I believe that it is our job to see something beautiful in those that are “without form, and void”. In other words, those that don’t know Jesus. Maybe they are not beautiful because they do not know that they can be. Make it your job today to tell those around you just how beautiful they are.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!