Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy OR is it?


Summertime for children seems to be the “same ole same ole” every day. They wake up, eat and go about their daily tasks and chores. We hear the sighs and then; is that all there is to do today; I’m bored. Sound familiar? Yes, summertime can be less exciting for children who don’t have that everyday school routine. Time to jumpstart that summer vacation by taking a journey into a day with God in Psalm 65.

Ever wonder what God does in his day. Is it humdrum? Hardly and the psalmist wants us to awaken and appreciate the God who has given us each day. He wants us to know all about this God of the universe so we can tell the next generation about Him and place their confidence in Him and His works. So if your children are facing a humdrum day have them take a look at a day in God’s kingdom.

Does God sleep? The scriptures say he does not. [Psalm 121:4] Does God sit and wait for us to praise Him? The psalmist tells us that He does! In fact, He sits on his throne and listens attentively to our prayers—all at once! Although this sounds overwhelming to us, to Him it is just an everyday occurrence and He can handle it! Do you think God doesn’t see when we argue with sister or brother? He does but the good news is that He is waiting for us to repent (say I am sorry) so He can forgive. As God looks about His kingdom here on earth, He sees Sammy and Nancy and more who are His because He chose them in eternity past and He says. “I predestined each one according to my purpose to accomplish all things according to the counsel of My will.” [Eph 1 author’s paraphrase] In little people words it means God has a plan for today and tomorrow and the next day for each one of us.

Cloud watching is a great thing to do. Take a moment with children and have them look up at the clouds. See if you find Him in His chariot riding on the clouds as the wind as them pushes along. Read Psalm 104:3 where the psalmist says “He makes the clouds His chariot and travels along on the wings of the wind.”  Look for pictures in the clouds. Take some time to lay on your back and observe the clouds as they move across the sky and then think; I wonder if God is that chariot I see? Ask what do you think He is doing as He rides along? Is he taking time to look at his marvelous creation; the mountains and the seas and the rivers and all of the life in them? What would you do if you were God out on a chariot ride?  Take an atlas and find all He might see just where you live. God calms the raging seas and their roaring waves just as Jesus did on the Sea of Galilee and He watches to see the men on the earth and what they will do when they see His mighty hand at work.

Yes, to us it is beyond our imagination but to God, it is just an everyday day in His Kingdom and one day if we know Him personally we will all experience it all in real-time with Him. Present God to these precious ones so they see their summertime days as not so humdrum after all. Just think; while we are swimming or playing or doing chores; God is commanding the wind and waves to obey Him. Stop and give Him praise.

Summertime is perfect just for taking the time to journey through God’s Word to see Him at work and at play just as we do. Make God come alive this summer!

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The Ripple Effect Of One Sin

one-sin-ripples-outrezized-ex-24-32How often do we fail to realize that it only takes one sin to affect others? We read about the anointing and consecrating of Aaron to the Priesthood. What an honor! What a position! Did Aaron realize what God had just given him? With great ceremony, Aaron had received the blessing of God. You, like Aaron, may have been anointed or called to a position of leadership. How do you handle this coveted position? With honor; with humility; or with pride? When God called Moses to the mountain for more instructions he left newly anointed Aaron and a compatriot Hur in charge and did so before the elders:

“Here are Aaron and Hur with you. Whoever has any matters of dispute can approach them.” [Ex 24]

Yet just 8 chapters later we find Aaron, ALONE! as one of two “men in charge,” compromising and failing in his God anointed responsibility. This leaves us wondering: Where was Hur all this time? Why did Aaron yield to the people to make the golden calf?  And lastly and more importantly, why did he lie to Moses when he returned from the mountain? When Moses asked him why he made the golden calf  he answered “They, that is the children of Israel, said to me,” (sounds like Adam in the Garden) and then  (note rolling eyes here as Aaron notes the miracle):  “I threw it [the gold that is] into the fire, and this calf came out.” Ah yes, from the miraculous to the ridiculous! Reading this we say “really?” But, when caught in sin we often do much the same thing if we are honest. 

Could it have been that Aaron’s pride in his position overshadowed his responsibility and relationship to Hur, the people, his sons—but more importantly to God? Or was it the fear of men that caused him to yield? Or could it have been a combination of both?  It appears that Aaron had not only forgotten his mandate from Moses to consult with his co-leader and the elders; but more importantly, had not quite grasped what it meant to be the spiritual leader who must give an account of his leadership! Hebrews reminds us that our “leaders…[are to]  keep watch over [our] souls and will give an account for their work.” [Heb 13:17]

Point to Remember: For Aaron,  it was a  combination of fear of men and pride of others following him that was greater than he following God.

 Learn from Aaron: The fear of man is a snare [Prov 29:25] and one sin affects or ripples out to affect the whole community.  In this event, three thousand are killed and later his own sons used strange fire and God takes them out.