Monday, September 22, 2014

{Happy Monday} In Vain

Happy Monday!  The 41 degree temperatures that greeted me when I stepped outside with the dogs this morning seem to say that fall is truly here.  The leaves are changing, the birds are flocking, and the chubby squirrels are gathering nuts for the winter.  Isn't this a beautiful time of the year?

I was reading this morning in Exodus, where God was giving the Ten Commandments to Moses and was struck by the verse "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."  The world we live in constantly uses the name of God in a derogatory or thoughtless way - and it pains me every time I hear it.  But today I saw it in a different light.  The Israelites were the "people of God".  They had "taken the name" of their God.  But many of them took that Name in vain.  They did not truly love God.  They did not truly believe that He was any more to be served and worshipped than any of the gods of the Egyptians or the people in the lands around them.  They complained because God didn't do what they thought He should, they demanded that He give them everything they wanted, and they accused Him of not caring for them if they suffered in any way, but very few of them ever bowed before Him in grateful praise and consistently lived their lives to please Him.

That made me pause and think. I realized that many of us today have "taken the name of the LORD" just like the Israelites of old.  We call ourselves a Christian.  We may be baptized and attend church regularly.  But do WE truly live as a reflection of that Name, or have we taken it in vain?  Is our "duty to God" done after we have gone to church for the week, or does love for Him permeate our thoughts, responses and actions each and every day? Do we complain when God does things we don't understand, or do we bow before Him as Lord and King?  Do we act with the assurance that He has more power than money, or position, or fame, or technology, or any of the other gods that our society worships, or do we live as though the pursuit of these things will fulfill our deepest needs?  Do we accuse Him of not caring when we suffer in any way, or humbly ask His help to endure, to learn, and to glorify Him even then?  Are our lives filled with grateful praise, a humble dependence on Him, and days that are poured out in service to others, or are they fashioned around the idea that "I deserve more"?

"Wherefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain, in the Lord."

What an exhortation for us as we step into this fall season.  As housewives, we will have many opportunities to work for others over the next days and months as we prepare for the winter.  May each of us that have taken the Name of the LORD, truly abound in His work until He comes!


Your Happy Monday prompt for today...
One thing I do (or will do!) to prepare my home/family for winter is....

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