Joshua 23:6 "Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;"
The Word of God tells us how to live. It also shows us how to love. God's love for us NEVER changes. If anything changes...it is our love for Him.
We should NEVER deviate from the Lord...His Word...or His ways. We have a tendency to walk away from God. This happens when our love for Him grows cold. If we would always keep fresh in our hearts and minds the sacrifice Christ made for us...our love would not grow cold. When our love grows cold and we find ourselves getting away from Him...it hurts Him terribly.
There is a price to be paid for walking away from the Lord...His Word...and His ways. Some don't care and they walk away anyway. People need to realize there are consequences to walking away.
(vs. 8) "But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day." In this verse cleave means to stay obedient to God. Obedience is key to staying close to God.
(vs. 10) "One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you." God will fight for us if we'll stay close to Him and live for Him. Sometimes it takes resigning from all others to love and serve God. That includes family at times too.
The Lord showed me two things out of the message my husband preached. They are nothing profound or new...just things I needed to be reminded of.
First of all...the situation our family is dealing with has been the most difficult and most hurtful thing that I think I have ever experienced. My problem has been that I've focused on MY hurt. What I saw through this message was that my hurt is bad...but the Lord hurts so much more by what is going on. He hurts whenever one of His children are disobedient and going contrary to His will for their life. All I've been able to focus on is the sacrifice my husband and I have made for this person and all the love we have shown them...only to be treated the way we are being by them. But I realized while my husband was preaching that Jesus sacrificed a whole lot more for them than we have. I've been focusing on me and I needed to be focusing on the fact that He is hurting more than I am.
Second...I also realized that the Lord is fighting for me. I need to quit focusing on looking for signs of progress or ways to help the situation and let Him fight for me. He loves that person so much more than I do.
(vs. 10b) "...for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you." He promises to fight for us. We just need to stay right in our relationship with Him and do what we need to be doing and let Him take care of the rest.
I thank God for reminding me of these things. I had let the problem become so big that I had forgotten them. Thank God He knows our frame and our hearts and knows what we need!!