That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning…Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Joel 2:12-13 NLT
It is a challenge in modern-day society to discern the difference between truth and error; hence the reason for successful scams, identity theft, and great financial loss. What you see and hear about is not necessarily what you will receive.
What makes it so easy to deceive others? Discontent leads to the desire to acquire more than one possesses and that is the key to opening the door for all sorts of schemes. When we are in pursuit of dreams that are based on financial gain or material possessions the result is a never-ending restlessness. We develop the mindset that there will never be enough and eventually we are caught up in an endless cycle of gaining wealth by any means necessary.
The pursuit of material goods is the basis for Capitalism; but as we follow those dreams, the road splits, and we are distracted from the pursuit of Righteousness by Faith which leads to Eternal life.
Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths, sinners stumble and fall. Hosea 14:9 NLT
God has given us a guaranteed way to prevent all deception in our lives; Study His Word–the Bible, and to call on His name in prayer. We are not required to guess or reflect on hindsight from our many mistakes, He lets us know in advance that the path we choose to walk on will either lead to what is true and right or traveling down the wayward path will cause us to stumble and fall.
We must take advantage of all that God has blessed us with! Cease the pursuit of whatever has you distracted from studying the Word of God and calling on His Holy Name; we are promised “Healing for the Repentant!”
Make the Call!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Human effort + Obedience + Divine Intervention= A Victorious Outcome
Bible Reading: Hosea 14
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for giving us your Holy Word which is a lamp for our feet and a light to travel the only path that leads to Eternal life. We ask forgiveness of our pursuits that distract us from you. We thank you for the promise of healing us from the unrighteousness that leads to destruction. Thank you for loving us so much that you have provided us with a book, your Holy Word that prevents us from being deceived. God, we call on your Holy Name today and we ask you to show us the way that you would have for us to live. We thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019