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Love That Lasts

It is so easy to get caught up in a routine. Even with our relationship with God, we can get into a routine. In time we might even start to consider the fulfillment of this weekly routine as what matters. Well I attended the elder meeting and I made it to the prayer meeting. Well I tithe every Sunday. Well I made it to choir practice and I even have the solo. Well I have perfect attendance for this quarter. Well I have done my daily devotion each day this week.

Your relationship with Christ is not about meetings and checking off a list. Your relationship with Christ is not about works. Your relationship with Christ is not about offerings and sacrifices alone. We should want “a love that lasts.” Hosea 6 says, “I want you to KNOW GOD.” To know God.

God wants you to know Him and to show love. Yes we should aim to read our Bible daily, to attend church, to tithe, and to serve the Lord however He leads. There are works; however, there is something else that is more important. Relationship. Knowing God. Loving God. Never take your focus off of those things. When this is your focus, everything else comes with it. When you are focused on the meetings, on the offerings, then it becomes less about God and more about something else.

“I’m after a love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know GOD, not go to more prayer meetings.” – Hosea 6:6 [MSG]

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” – Hosea 6:6 [NLT]

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Looking the Other Way

You can miss a lot of things when you look the other way. There are times when we purposely look the other way to avoid things, and there are moments when we do not even realize we are missing anything as we are focused in another direction. The Psalmist noted that God is good, but he almost missed seeing Him at all because he was too busy looking at people.

What has your attention today? Where are you looking? In this world, it is very hard to not look at the people around you and focus on them. With social media and television and magazines, we are able to even focus on people we never met, people who are famous. We place our attention on who divorced who, who looks the worse without makeup, who had a tantrum, who gained a lot of weight, etc. There are millions of dollars spent each year on magazines to keep up with celebrities. As we look the other way, we miss God, the great Almighty Lord of all. We miss seeing His goodness because our eyes are looking for what the world says is good, interesting, and pleasing.

Today I hope you consider where you place your attention. Today I hope you aim to not miss the goodness of God. It is all around you. Don’t let the world get you to look the other way. He is here. He is alive. He is good. And He loves you so very much. Don’t miss Him. Please, don’t miss Him.

“No doubt about it! God is good—
good to good people, good to the good-hearted.
But I nearly missed it,
missed seeing his goodness.
I was looking the other way,
looking up to the people
At the top,
envying the wicked who have it made,
Who have nothing to worry about,
not a care in the whole wide world.”

-Psalm 73:1-5 [MSG]

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Shut the Door Behind You

I always remind the kids to shut the door behind them as they are heading outside on the cold days. By doing this, they keep the cold air outside where it belongs. There are two times in 2 Kings 4 where we read “shut the door behind.”

First there is the widow who is instructed by Elisha to take her two sons and enter their house and “shut the door.” Then they were to pour olive oil into empty jars they collected from neighbors and continue that process until there were no jars left so that they could pay for their debts. Then later, when Elisha went to raise the Shunammite’s son, “he went in alone and shut the door behind him.”

Both of these instances they shut the door behind them. Both of these instances included miracles. Sometimes we need to shut things out so we have no distractions and can watch as God performs a great miracle. Everything from the world was shut out so all focus was on God and what He was doing for this widow and her sons and this son of the Shunammmite woman. Today, perhaps you need to shut the door and see what God has waiting for you.

“Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” – 2 Kings 4:4 [NLT]

“He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the LORD.” – 2 Kings 4:33 [NLT]

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