Hi Beachside friends!
In my reading this morning I came across this in 1 Kings 22:43...
He (Jehoshaphat) walked in the way of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from doing it, doing right in the sight of the Lord. However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.
This turned me to thinking about things that might qualify as "HOWEVERS" in my life. Here's the deal! Like Jehoshaphat, I deeply desire and make purposeful decisions to "walk in the way of my Father." I truly seek to "do right in the sight of the Lord." And when I listen to God speaking to me...through His Word; through His Spirit; through the counsel and teaching of godly men and women who share my desire for holy living that honors our God...I am often made aware of "HOWEVERS" that I have allowed to remain in my life. Things, thoughts, actions, behaviors, attitudes...that should be "taken away," yet they remain. I'm asking God to help me see clearly the things in my life that would have me to fall short of being the "good and faithful servant" that he calls me to be. I'm praying that you will join me.
And here are some questions for you to think over, discuss with and respond to with your Beachside Youth Family!
1. Was Jehoshaphat a goodly man and king?
2. What does "doing right in the sight of the Lord" mean to you?
3. What is really wrong with having "HOWEVERS" in our lives? Isn't it OK to be obedient most of the time? Isn't it OK to have things in our lives that are maybe just a little shady or marginally bad...as long as we don't let them get out of control...as long as nobody finds out...as long as nobody gets hurt? Can't we love God and the "high places?"
4. Are there things that need to be "taken away" in your life. (Don't need to share your answer here if you don't want to...between you and God)
I miss you all! It's been good seeing some of you at Church and backyard pool parties. Pray for each other...keep in touch...stay glued (abide) to Jesus!