Summary: You see God already had a new life waiting for them, not some old fixed up version of life, with a new paint job waiting to be applied, But a brand new life, in a brand new land,
Not just another make over!
As I was thinking about what I was going to speak on this week, I thought about a lot of things.
But clarity for me from God, didn’t all finally come together until late Saturday afternoon.
You see, I have been re-doing this little convertible, it’s a 66 Rambler American with very cherry red metallic paint,
At least it is now, as you might have guessed it, I changed the color along with several other things,
Like the top, the carpet, the wheels, the rims, the radio and well you name it, the list continues to grow.
I went to see it, after it has been at the body shop, lets see…I guess its been about 2 months now, to see the new paint job.
And all I can say is wow! It is going to be so nice when it is finished!
But while I was admiring the new paint job, I couldn’t help but notice now…
That the seats don’t look quite as good as they did before, now that it has been painted
And the rest of the interior now just doesn’t do justice to the new look I’m trying to achieve,
The old saying is, with enough time and money, anything is possible…but I can say, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel
and it will be finished soon and it will be very nice,
however, even with all the new things and the new look,
Its still going to be an old car, only with a new look.
now don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited to have it and be fortunate to redo it,
And I have been asked many times already, how much and would I like to sell it
But it still will never be new again, like it was in 1966.
And I say all this, because on the way home I was in that secret place,
You know the private moments you acknowledge, reflect and talk to God about your day and how things went,
And you begin to thank Him for the blessings He gives to you and how good He is to you.
And I was thinking how thankful I was for Him to allow me to have the desires of my heart.
You know sometimes, our lives parallel the example of fixing something up,
We all know our strength’s and our weaknesses, and sometimes we like to think,
Our strength’s are enough to see us through in the changing of our weaknesses
that we can take what’s wrong in our lives and change what needs to be changed on our own
and we think that somehow if we try hard enough and don’t give up, that it will happen.
And if by some reason we are able to make progress, it doesn’t take long to realize,
Its just the tip of the iceberg and hard as we may ever try, we will never be able to melt the iceberg on our own,
that’s the same thing the children of Israel thought when they ask Moses for some guides lines to live by,
They thought that if they could keep a few laws and commandments and then everything would be just fine,
You see they were used to everything being just fine, cause God had took care of them for so long,
But the moment they became completely responsible for their own destiny was the moment,
Even though it would take years to realize, that they would never see what God had already prepared for them!
You see God already had a new life waiting for them, not some old fixed up version of life, with a new paint job waiting to be applied
But a brand new life, in a brand new land,
Where there was no need of focusing on trying to do it themselves, cause God was willing to do it all for them.
Thus the covenant of the law was created,
Thus began the “never mind God, I don’t need your help, I can do it on my own way of life”
As we who are Christians, who have a relationship with God, our heavenly Father, ponder what they did for just a moment realize,
What a miserable existence it must have been for them, that they had created for themselves!
Can you imagine thinking, that you could and would be able to keep the ten commandments?
I challenge anyone to name them all, who is in this room right now!
Sure most of society thinks that they are a great guideline to live by, and they are that,
But few can even name them all, let alone keep them all.
And there are over 600 other laws the Children of Israel were expected to keep as well,