In the Beginning…

So, a blog…new thing.  I’ve had others, but I haven’t hardly used them.

It starts as a noble goal to keep them updated and fresh weekly, but then i subtly and unknowingly slip into forgetfulness and then there is an orphaned blog left floating in the blogoshpere, neglected and old…sorry blogs.

Any who, so this is my place to just think and put words out there…things that I’m dealing with or things from my perspective.

So the words above inspired the content of this inaugural post – this investiture.  Have you ever subtly and unknowingly slipped off into something you weren’t aware of until it was too deep?  In the Book of Deuteronomy, God tells Israel this warning,

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.” (Deut. 4:9, ESV)

In the Book of Deuteronomy, God uses this kind of waring 10 times in reference to making sure that you take care to not forget the things of God.

If you’re familiar with the Old Testament at all( and if you’re not, you can read a really good summary in Acts 7:2-53), you know that Israel did not remember to not forget.  They were plagued with unfaithfulness toward the God who ransomed them from slavery in Egypt – God put them in exile for years and years (twice) because they did not keep this command, then ultimately, the Holy nation of Israel was no more – it has never risen again, not will it.

I think we’re hit with so much on a day-to-day basis that gets in the way of my walk with Christ. I think that’s why God says in, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23).

This whole idea of gaurding our heart, it comes full-circle to the Deuteronomy 4 passage – we have to dilligently keep our soul; dilligently remind ourselves; constantly keep God’s way before us and “…fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2 NIV).

In a world of constant business, deadlines, quotas, problems, and failures we must gaurd our heart…we have to keep our focus on Jesus, we cannot forget God – the consequences would be too great.

Hopefully that gives you something to think about!

~ Ransomed in Christ,
Scott

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