Simple Recipe

 

Kitchen.I actually like to cook and prepare food. I really like to bake cookies, cakes and such. The part I hate about cooking and baking is the cleaning up afterward. I usually follow the recipe when it’s written down. Some things that I make, I already have the recipe memorized and it’s pretty easy. Then there are those complex recipes that call for multiple ingredients and multiple steps in the process. I have to admit that when the recipe is followed properly, the end product turns out great.

The Lord is leading His people to their new land. They have left the land of Egypt and they were under the leadership of the Egyptians. They were subjected to some ungodly worship and customs. The Lord is now speaking to the people preparing them to come up under His leadership and His government. I came across this one verse that seems to summarize the detailed recipe for living to honor Him. Check this out…

4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 18:4 NIV)

That is really simple to understand. The Lord is making it clear what He expects and He’s implying that He will inspect as well. While this is really simple and clear, it’s really harder to do than it sounds. I am pulled and tempted in so many ways and from so many angles, it’s hard sometimes to simply follow God’s recipe for success. He built those boundaries with my protection in mind. Often when I step outside the boundaries, I’m hurting me way more than I’m hurting Him.

This recipe for a good life is simple to remember. I believe I should simply focus on walking with the Lord this morning; then this afternoon and then one day is in the books. Tomorrow I will again focus on the recipe for living. At the end of my life, I hope the product that this day-to-day recipe has produced will bless the heart of God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Lawless

Broken Rules Falls to Chaos Anarchy PiecesI’ve lived in the United States of America my entire life. I’ve visited other countries and cultures, but the USA has always been home to me. I remember as a young boy learning what is right and wrong. I still remember not having money for some fishing hooks and sinkers and taking them without paying. I got away with it and really felt bad about it. On another occasion I got caught and had to go meet the store clerk and profoundly apologize and make restitution for my theft. I learned some valuable lessons about the law. I learned at a very young age what the law of the land was. I’m still struggling with the laws surrounding speed limits and driving. I’ve had my fair share of “safe driving awards”!

Some folks grow up and know the law of the land, but choose to ignore it and do what they want. They steal and if they are confronted they kill. There are people who will stop at nothing to get what they want. I can’t hardly stomach the evening news to hear about all the thefts and murders by people who are lawless in our land where the rule of law is what keeps the rest of us safe for the most part.

Jeremiah was left behind in Jerusalem when Babylon took the city captive. The commander of the Babylonian army had appointed a governor over Jerusalem. The place became a vacuum of lawlessness. Check this out…

1 In the seventh month Ishmael son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, who was of royal blood and had been one of the king’s officers, came with ten men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating together there, 2 Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land. 3 Ishmael also killed all the men of Judah who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, as well as the Babylonian soldiers who were there. (Jeremiah 41:1-3 NIV)

 

I think that it’s important to live within the laws of our land. There are times when the law is frustrating but it is still the code by which we get along with one another. The law provides the tools to settle disagreements without violence. The law helps me protect my family and my home. When lawless people ignore the law, they are subject to the full extent of the law and the punishment that applies to their crime.

The Lord and His Word are the inspiration for the code of law that I live under. I have been a recipient of forgiveness under the law. I’ve been forgiven of the fine that comes with the “safe driving award” and I’ve been warned by the officer who was about to present me with one of those “awards”. I can’t imagine living in a land without laws and I’m thankful for the people who enforce and defend our laws. If there were no laws everyone would do what is right in their own eyes and I would no longer be safe in my own home.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Above The Law

legal gavel, scales and law bookIn our country and perhaps in every country there is a rule of law. The law is a set of guidelines and rules that regulate the actions of people who are part of a particular country or community. The laws of a city or community most often apply to those outside the community who are just visiting. The laws are for our protection from one another and protection from us. Sometimes the law seems very restrictive and at other times it is totally logical. I may not like all of the laws of this land, but I have to learn to live by them or face the consequences.

There are those who think that they are above the law. In a small town sometimes the leaders and politicians can get by with stuff that the average citizen can’t. I knew of an official that was picked up and should have been cited for DUI, but was taken home by law enforcement because of the position he held. That is not how it should have played out. There are consequences for breaking the law. There is no one who is above the law. Even the people responsible for writing the law have to obey the law. The most powerful man in our country is the President and he has to obey the law.

Jeremiah was dealing with a king who thought he was above the law. This was not going to end well. Check this out…

22 It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. 23 Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24 The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 25 Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26 Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the Lord had hidden them. (Jeremiah 36:22-26 NIV)

 

When the law of the land doesn’t cover something, the Law of the Lord does. We were designed and created to love and serve one another. We were not wired to serve ourselves at the expense of others. Unfortunately that is who we become at times. I’m convinced that even those who think they are above the law of the land should remember that they are subject to the Law of the Lord. The Law of the Lord affects how I treat everyone from the lowest position to the highest position. I am never above the Law of the Lord. I would be wise to live like it. The Lord will discipline the law breakers and it is not necessarily a cake walk. I must learn to live within His boundaries or face the consequences of disobedience.

Pressing On!

Dwayne