We are Corrupt Creatures

Fools are persons who have no true wisdom, who follow their own devices, without regard to reason, or reverence for God. Children are reasonable creatures, and when we tell them what they must do, we must tell them why. But they are corrupt and willful, therefore with the instruction there is need of a law. Proverbs 1:7-9

One day my mom asked me why I always explained myself to my children. I told her it was because they needed to know why I wanted them to do something. It was kind of nice to see those words in this Bible verse. I love proverbs and psalms. My mother and I lived under the guidance of, “You do it because I told you to.” I wanted my children to know why I wanted or didn’t want them to do something. She told me many years later how proud she was of how I raised my girls. She didn’t do a bad job herself. I’ve seen and heard my girls using the same guidance in bringing up their children.

The bible and prayers that God has given you and gives us is the foundation, explanation, and  our Father’s guidance. He is guiding me and you with His words in the Bible. Without the comfort of his words, I know I could have been one of the many corrupt and willful children we see running around now. Even with the instruction, sometimes we have to lay down the law with our children. They and we need rules, too. We shouldn’t rely on following our own devices without reverence for God or His words. Ask for His guidance, I do. When I do, I am rewarded with a Bible verse or an unexpected wise word from someone else. Coincidence, I think not. God has raised reasonable creatures, too. When he asks us to do something, he explains why through His word. Watch for His wisdom daily and watch it build in your heart.

Lord let us always remember that Your wisdom is our wisdom. Help us to be reasonable children, who don’t follow a path separate from you. Amen

Treasured Possessions

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

– Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV)
When I was a child, I found the commandments scary. I remember memorizing the commandments, when I was in school. Memorization wasn’t one of my best attributes. I didn’t always understand what I was memorizing, but I knew it was important to my learning about God. Some commandments weren’t relevant to me, since I was a child. I didn’t even know what the words meant and thank goodness they weren’t explained to me then. Were there commandments broken, when I was a child. Yes, at times there were commandments broken. However, just like my parent’s love, I was taught that I could never lose God’s forgiveness and love. Just like the need to please my parents, I needed to please my God. I realized his commandments were there for me to grow and become the person he created me to be.
How about you? Do you believe the laws of God as repressive or freeing? As an adult do you run around around stealing or lying etc.? Probably not, because you understand the commandments are a guideline for your life. During a busy day, do you easily angered? I can. I don’t mean to, but it happens. I usually apologize to the person and God. God will forgive me, but the human person is different. They can hold grievances in their heart. Sometimes it takes time, lots of time. Exodus tells us that God wants us as a people for himself. I love that thought and try to work toward it. Some days I fail. But, just like any relationship, rules help. Those rules came to us from a loving father. He’s ready to help each of us become the creation he believes we can. He said Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.” When we obey his rules, he will soften our hearts and we become His people and His treasured possessions. 
Lord, help us to follow your commandments. We want to and we need to. Our desire is to be Your people, holy nation, and treasured possessions. Amen