TAKE HIM AT HIS WORDWritten by Cadi Nobles
Most of problems we encounter later in our lives stem from things that began when we were very young. Mistakes and misconceptions that were fertilized and encouraged to grow, can often cause us great harm as we age. Often, if seems like a small thing at first, even innocent. For example, teaching children about tooth fairy or Easter Bunny may seem fun and harmless, but there will come a day when that child wants and needs real answers. No sane adult still believes in tooth fairy or Santa Clause, so that means at some point in their lives they were introduced to evidence of reality. There was a moment that they discovered for themselves that it had all been "pretend." For a while, they may have felt like that victim of everyone's joke. All adults (including their parents) had known and was involved in encouraging them to believe a lie.
In some skewered way of thinking, we might chalk this up as a real "life lesson." While Santa Clause and Easter Bunny tend to go away quickly, there are some things that will take much longer. Allowing children to learn and accept Evolutionary Theory from a very small age is a well documented mistake. The "fend for yourself" mentality of teaching can shape and mold young minds far more than we realize. While liberal scientists like to promote theory as basically proven fact, and force our attention away from obvious flaws and holes, we are often fooled into believing that this teaching will go no farther than classroom.
History has proven that to be utterly false. Many might not realize that Adolph Hitler studied and fully accepted Darwin's theory of evolution as a young painter. This adamant belief in "survival of fittest" is what he cited as his entire justification of a perfect race. Hitler believed he was merely fulfilling ultimate will of evolution, doing his part to assure perfectly evolved race would come about more quickly.
It never ceases to amaze me at "Christian" parents and teachers that seem totally willing to allow this poison to enter young minds. With some vague argument like "separation of church and state" or a line like "let them make up their own minds," heart and soul of our children are simply turned over to wiles of Devil.
HE SENT LEANNESSWritten by Clint Nobles
"They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in wilderness, and tempted God in desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." Ps. 106:13-15
I have long enjoyed reading one hundredth and sixth chapter of book of Psalms where David chronicled Israel's past, creating, if you will, his own history book. But I failed to realize Biblical reason for keeping a record of a Nation's or an individual's past. Paul explained that "whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning." (Rom. 15:4) God wants mankind to learn from our mistakes that we may "cease to do evil; learn to do well." (Isa. 1:16,17) Here in Psalms 106 we find example after example of things we may cease from doing. One such illustration is found in our text for today. Verse 15 is a startling reminder that though we seek after something with all of our earthly heart, once given this assumed blessing by hand of God, it might be very thing that takes us from that oneness walk with one true God.
Israel had eaten manna until they were sick of it, they could not stand to gather it day after day. Even though they feasted on food of angles, their human appetite was never satisfied. They began murmuring against man of God, and against God himself saying, "Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt." (Num. 11:18) They cried against God of Heaven, Lord of their salvation, they mocked him saying, "Why came we forth out of Egypt?" (Num. 11:20) Therefore he abhorred them and gave them that which they wanted; but fleshly satisfaction does not come without a price! They ate flesh of fowl until it came forth from their nostrils, until they could not stand site of it, but recompense was not over. They not only suffered physically, but Lord Jehovah "sent leanness into their soul." They could not be content with what Lord provided, they wanted what they had back in Egypt. In Egypt they might have been slaves. In Egypt they might have been beaten, but at least, they reasoned, they had flesh to eat and wine to drink. But here, in wilderness, what did they have? Water from rocks and bread that fell as dew from Heaven. Their continual cries came before God and he gave them desires of their heart. But you see, their heart did not desire things of God, but what they had back in land of bondage. However, though they feasted on lust of their heart, their souls languished on memories of glory days gone by.