Our God, Our King — Our Concubine?

If we don’t respect our God (His word, His way, His heart) – the results will be devastating!

I’ve said before that America was not founded as a Christian nation, but rather founded on religious freedom. At our core has always been, however, a special respect for Christianity and the things of God. I believe that our forefathers, though some were agnostic and some atheists, knew that there was one God that was not to be trifled with.

I was reading Judges 19, and I was so annoyed with the master who pushed the concubine out for the men to abuse; and God spoke to my spirit, “why are you annoyed, you all do this to me all of the time!”  My heart wept, how could we possibly be treating our King like our concubine.  We couldn’t! We wouldn’t!  But we do …When I was a youngster when someone was in a bit of trouble at their own doing we would tell them, “You brought that *mess* on yourself!” My dear Christian brothers and sisters – it’s high time we take responsibility for our own actions.We are bringing this down on our own heads! We, His own redeemed ones, are pushing our Holy King out there for the world to abuse His word; ignore His statues; poke fun at His truths; waylay His way of life; destroy His people; divide His children in an effort to destroy our faith.

What does it look like practically?  Just look around at the landscape of America, our amazing homeland.  Believers in Christ have wholeheartedly taken up the worship of other gods in addition to our stated devotion to Christ. I think that the god of self-love/self-satisfaction has the highest throne; after that the god of self-righteousness; then a close third is the god of gluttony or the god of more or the god of not enough.

As the bridegroom of the church – Christ has unlimited access and rights to our lives — but we have treated our own God as if He is one who neither has the rights of a full spouse; nor one who earns the respect of a kinsmen redeemer. Without regard for His authority over us and His sovereignty – we ask Him to come into our hearts and take a seat instead of inviting Him to take the throne of our lives and reign!

By our own behavior we are compromising our faith and are communicating to the world around us that our King is not really a king after all!   It is our actions that tell the world who we are!  They will know He is our King when we act like subjects in His kingdom!

We must treat our bridegroom with respect and honor! We have to resist the temptation to love Him while holding fast to other ways of life; refrain from compromising our principles; repent from participating in the spewing of hate when we have been redeemed to LOVE! Lest we wake up one day and find our God has been reduced to a mere ideal – and that ideal is found at the door in a heap where He was once knocking and waiting to be invited in!

My prayer is that we will stop looking at the world to treat Christ as King and that we will do that ourselves!  I plead with the Lord to give us all a mind to yield the throne of our hearts to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  May His love grow and dwell in us so that a lost and dying world will be able to see the difference in the life of a Christ Follower.  May we nurture and embrace a true fidelity to our King and fight against the temptation to abuse the relationship.  May we never forget that we don’t serve a passive God; but one who has all authority and one for whom, one day, every knee has got to bow!  May we all lift Him up and lay ourselves low.

Judges 19: 25

But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them, and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.

Faithful to Believe

How hard it is to stand fast in faith when the circumstances swirling around you press hard to prove to you that there is no hope.  It seems that no one understands your plight – and worse that those who understand don’t care enough to bear under the weight with you.  Living in this world can move you to lose heart – were it not for The One in whom our hope lies.

When you or someone you love is sick, and there is no human cure for the disease.  When sadness and hopeless overtakes your mind in depressive thoughts.  When financial burdens seem insurmountable.  When a besetting sin seems to gain more and more control over you day by day.   When you have followed the voice of God, yet see only hardship.  When those who say they love you disappoint you.  All of us have faced one of these moments – or perhaps you are in one of these moments right now!

Know this – God really is a faithful God.  It is hard for us to fathom sometimes that He is faithful – or even that He is good when things seem to go so very wrong.   But remember that God is the God of all things – he brings both the wonderful and the dreadful.

Isaiah 45: 6, 7  That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well- being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these

No matter what the great theologians say create and allow are two very different terms.  (God certainly does not create moral evil – that comes through the willful rejection of His will by His created beings, namely us!)  But, whatever you are going through – know that as a child of God (one that is obedient to His will and believes upon His son Jesus, who is the Christ) it is all for the glory of God!  All of it!

Psalm 34:19 is our comfort:  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous,  But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” 

No matter what, my friend, you are not desolate because The Almighty One has not forsaken you.

As for me, God is my hope.  He is my only hope!  More than that, I am faithful to believe that He is faithful to complete what He has started and he is faithful to accomplish His word.  So – don’t fret  – pray! Stand Firm!  See the Salvation of the Lord!  Be faithful to Believe that He Will Deliver You!