Did You See That?

Deuteronomy 11:2, 7 “And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, 7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

Every July 4th, we celebrate the birth of our nation. Getting together with the church family for a picnic or gathering our children and grandchildren around us is a special time. In the evening, throughout the city, there are many fireworks displays; some quite elaborate.

I remember as a child, the “Oooos” and the “Ahhhs” of the crowd as a particular color or pattern graced the sky with a loud bang. Today, many of those patterns are unique and varied. Maybe it is my ‘chronological giftedness’, but, the awe of watching fireworks has truly waned.

Our senses cannot sustain a constant input. Take our sense of smell. Why is it when you put on cologne or perfume that you do not smell it with the same intensity – or at all after a period of time? God placed within us, the ability to block a constant input so that we can smell other things as well.

I use that fact to create an analogy to the constancy of our God.

Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

If we were to take the time, we could truly create quite a list of blessings that our God has given us. Eyes to see, ears to hear, legs with strength enough to walk, run, jump, lift and keep us upright. The constant input of such things can be and are often taken for granted because they seem always to be there.

But then there are the times when our world is rocked with news that we have an illness or disease that will take something from us. Or a sudden accident or loss takes someone dear to us that we have been meaning to get right, or forgive, or encourage, or love… but that time is now past; gone forever.

The passage in my daily devos reminded me that there has been great things placed before me as a saved child of God.

My salvation. How could I ever forget the miraculous work God did in me? He broke one of the toughest bonds known to man – the traditions of men – wrapped in a religious wrapper that almost caused me to pass Jesus right by.

Matthew 15:6 “And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

God’s commands are powerful. Like kryptonite to Superman; tradition to the commandment of God is powerful enough to stop a man from trusting Christ as Savior. God warns the Israelite children that day that they have seen the hand of Almighty God do much.

Deliverance from the Egyptians with plagues that leveled the most powerful nation of their day. Escape on dry ground through a seemingly impossible way through the Red Sea. Food, drink, shelter, clothes that did not wear out, and so many more blessings that the constancy of God’s blessing and protection could have been taken for granted.

Today, even in a thriving church, do we get ‘Ho hum’ about the salvation of a soul? Are we bothered by a service that might extend into our precious feeding time because a precious soul decided to be obedient and follow the Lord in believer’s baptism?

What of the preacher obeying the Holy Spirit to extend an invitation – waiting for that one soul gripping the pew at a crossroads deciding between Heaven and Hell? What of that one family at the altar praying or that plea for funds to bless a family in need?

Are we so selfish that when the blessing God has given to the church infringes upon our personal time and precious plans we become indignant? Callous? Indifferent? We blame the youth of our day as to the indifference they may have toward the things of God? But have we, as parents followed the commandment of God:

Deuteronomy 11:19-21 “And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”

Quite an indictment fathers! Quite the admonition mothers. If we have not taught our children to love God, serve Him and keep Him before them, is it any wonder that they are overrun with the worldly? Captivated by that new and shiny thing?

One of the great challenges technology brings into a home is the questions of others; contrary viewpoints with no rebuttal. They can search the internet for any and all opinions under the sun and view them as truth. For without the Word of God being taught, they have no standard by which to compare.

I have learned that it is imperative to parents to rehearse all that God has done on  regular basis. Praise time, testimony time – at home. What has God done for you recently? Testify of it to any and all that will hear.

Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”

We must always be ready to give an answer why…

1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Because when we can tell others just how God worked or just how He blessed, it give opportunity for them to gain a different perspective; view with new eyes that which the Lord has done in your life and vice versa.

Give God the praise and thanks He deserves. But also, never fail to let others know of the blessings with which He has daily loaded His children!

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