Thursday, November 13, 2008

God's Word is never wrong

Many times early in the morning, I'm awakened as if I have slept the full night and need no more rest. In other words, I'm fully awake. Normally, this is a time that I feel God wants to communicate to me and even sometimes He allows me to speak back to Him. Now don't get this wrong, I just think this is when God can catch me still and of course His word says to be still and know that He is God. Well, anyway my mind begins to wander and just so happened, I remembered something that happened a long time ago. Now you have to know me, I normally can't remember yesterday, but for some reason and I have to believe that God had a purpose to bring this to my remembrance. We were living in Tennessee and we lived two doors down from my in-laws. The house right beside us belonged to a relative. This relative had a young daughter who played with my daughters. My Father in law grew tobacco to help pay taxes on the farm that he and his brothers owned and when that tobacco was ready, it was cut from the field, brought in and placed in the barn to cure. When it was cured, it was taken off the stalk, tied and placed on a basket to be later taken to market and sold. Just so happened that one year because it was cold in the barn, my father in law brought some of that tobacco and put it in our garage and it was pulled from the stalk, tied and gotten ready for the market. It was warmer in the garage and easier to work. Many times, people would take the stalks and put them on their yards, one to hold down straw if if were a new yeard and two just to fertilize their present yard and the second was what we did. Now I've said all this just to set this story up. Again, all this was coming back to me early this morning. My duaghter and this her cousin who lived next door where playing in the yard. They each grabbed one of the stalks and were hitting each other with this stalks. Now the first thing that come to my mind, is they are going to put each others eyes out if they not careful. Isn't that what we always think and say. It's a wonder to me that we are all not blind from doing such silly things like this. So I called each by name and said, "You girls stop that, you're going to punch somebody's eyes out and then you'll be sorry". Well, my duaghter reluctantly put the stalk down and moved on to something else. Now she may have in her mind, thought, he's crazy, he over exagerates, I really don't know what she thought but she minded her dad because she knew consequences could arise if she didn't. Now the other little girl looked at me and said, "Your not my dad, I don't have to mind you". Well, needless to say what I thought, but she was right, I wasn't her dad and I couldn't correct her even thought I would have liked to take that stalk and leave it's prints on her behind, I was not her authority and she knew that. In other words, she was letting her sin nature, disobedience, rear it's ugly head and she was doing only what she knew how to do.
OKay, Why did I say all that? Well, this morning I was reminded that scripture says that God loves and because he loves, He chastens His children. I had just been given a view of what God really meant. I could chasten my daughter because I am her father, but I couldn't chasten her cousin because I wasn't her father(authoity) Now as I continued to think this through, I was reminded many times when the Heavenly Father has had to chasten me and it was those times when I said, "Your not my daddy, I don't have to do what you say". Yet His word says "For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He recieves. I couldn't wait to get up and find this in the Bible. I knew I had read that, but I couldn't remember where until I opened my bible and it on the page I opened to. Is that odd, just circumstance or was that God. Well I'll leave that up to your imagination and I'll believe what I believe in this. The best part about this is not just the verse that I was thinking of but the verses that come after it. The one's I've read before but didn't remember. Hebrews 12:7-17 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten? But-----If you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore------we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of HIS HOLINESS.
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore: strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and HOliness, without which no One wlll see the Lord: Looking carefull lest anyone fall short of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birhtright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

How many times have I said to God because I chose not to be obedient, "Your not my daddy, I don't have to do what you say". Everytime we choose to be disobedient, we chose to say to God, "Your not my daddy, I don't have to do what you say."

Well, needless to say, getting into God's Word this morning was a rich experience. There's many times that it's not that eventful for me, but I thank God for those times that I feel His presence, His knowlege and His wisdom and His reminding me that He is my Daddy and I do have to do what He says. I'm learning and living the consequences of previously saying, "Your not my daddy, I don't have to do what you say."


BethAnne said...

If I had a dollar for every time I have told God by my actions, "Your not my daddy and I dont have to do what you say"...I would be rich......sad, but true.

I am so glad it was Lisa that was playing with the tobacco stalks like a wild child and not me....we all know that while you put up tobacco, I played on the SitNSpin........and if I recall there was more than one time that you heard "Youre not the boss of me" from that cousin.

AnnaElizabeth said...

I think we all have those times when we say that to God with our actions.

good word Granddaddy.

and what is a SitNSpin Aunt Beth?

Greg P. said...

My earthly father certainly "chastened" me when I needed it.

We know we're on the right path when we not only realize we MUST obey our Father, but, we WANT to obey Him.

When you opened your Bible to the exact page you needed, that was not a coincidence, it was God leading you to write this post. Good job Eddie.

Mommyluann said...

Really..put your thoughts in a book. I'd buy it.