Segula – A Righteous Man

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Segula

i am looking back at the beginning of the nation of Israel. Their forefathers were settling into the Promised Land and Joshua, their leader, had challenged them,

Joshua 24:14, “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

So if i read this right there is a lack of fear for God, which triggers a lack of faithfulness in serving God, which allows them to set up some other gods. Keeping in mind of course that this has been handed down from their forefathers. It’s like a family recipe.

(Joshua 24:15) But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua is leaving the choice up to the people but he is really establishing some guidelines or boundaries for those he is going to do life with. He says look this is what i believe and where i intend to spend my life and so if you’re going to come with me then this is what to expect from me and my family.

(Joshua 24:16-18) And the people had responded, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! It was the Lord our God Himself who brought us & our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, & performed those great signs before our eyes. “He protected us on our entire journey & among all the nations through which we traveled. And the Lord drove out before us all the nations…who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because He is our God.”

And so the people of Israel were onboard! That generation of Israelites was faithful to its vow, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord … because He is our God.” They didn’t forget Him, or ignore Him! They didn’t find Him insignificant nor irrelevant. Their forefathers, had a deep & abiding faith & trust in God.

But…  by the time of Malachi it is painfully obvious that the nation of Israel, as a whole, had turned almost completely away from God. Listen again to what God was saying to them:

God says, “You have spoken hard, rude words to me.  “You ask, ‘When did we ever do that?’ When you said, ‘It doesn’t pay to serve God. What do we ever get out of it? When we did what he said and went around with long faces, serious about God-of-the-Angel-Armies, what difference did it make? Those who take life into their own hands are the lucky ones. They break all the rules and get ahead anyway. They push God to the limit and get by with it.'”  Malichi 3:13-15 The Message

Sound familiar?  This week i am faithful to the vow, “Far be it from me to forsake the Lord … because He is my God.” i didn’t forget Him, or ignore Him! i had a deep, abiding faith and trust in God. But…  by the time of Malachi (my next week) it is painfully obvious that the nation of Israel (i), as a whole, (as an individual) had turned almost completely away from God.

i realize that i could take the heat off me by using our nation as the example instead of personalizing it towards me. But then those that i have intended this to be for would never know the struggles that i live out and through my personal intimate relationship with my heavenly Father. i have the tendency to fall short just like Israel, but i am confident enough in my relationship with God that i know He’s right there to help me get back up and on track again in my deep, abiding faith, and trust in Him.

Amplified Proverbs 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.

Warrior… i am a warrior in my pursuit of being a righteous man.  But as Twilla Paris puts it so clearly in her song, The Warrior is a child. Sometimes i fight so hard only to trip and fall over my own feet.

01 – The Warrior Is A Child

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