“I thank Christ Jesus or Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service” (I Timothy 1:12).
Sometimes it is just difficult to make up one’s mind. I really like ice cream. I probably could eat ice cream every night but I don’t. So it is difficult for me to decide on a particular flavor, certain toppings, whether I want my ice cream in a cone or dish. Or, what about the driver in front of you who just can’t decide on what lane to drive in? And what about the person who has the technology to have several sports games or programs on their television set at the same time – a bit frustrating too?
The Israelites had difficulty choosing at times as well. They wondered from their faith. On certain days they loved, feared and respected God. On other days though, they worshipped false gods, not fully being able to reject their idolatrous ways. One moment they found joy through their faithfulness. At other times, they found pleasure through their indulgence and sinful ways. Their ambivalence certainly brought upon misery and unhappiness. That unhappiness and misery lasted for more than one generation.
What about you and me? Do we fear, love and respect God one day only to be the world’s person the next? When we walk outside the faith, we bring destruction upon ourselves. When we honor God and His Commandments, we receive the joy in ministry and the blessings that come about from our faithfulness. God gave us His commandments out of love. But, do we respond back with thankful hearts?
As much as we try to love, honor and respect our Heavenly Father, we will sin. Our hearts may be willing but our flesh is weak. When we stumble and sin, we must confess our sin, and turn to the Cross of Jesus Christ for heal and forgiveness. We just finished mourning the death of Jesus and celebrating His Resurrection. We can live with the assurance that our Father sees us as His own redeemed and restored Children because of Jesus.
Live the Resurrection we celebrate in Easter every day! Teach your students to do the same.