Beware the Fearful Force

June 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Posted in The Fives | 1 Comment
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There was a time when God’s people enjoyed blessings and favor in the land which God promised them. They had plenty to eat and plenty to drink. They worked hard, but they enjoyed periods of leisure as well. This all came to an end, though, when they forgot the God Who loved them. They rebelled against His Word and His laws. They threw in their lot with pagan nations, and they committed abomination with false idols. The result was plague, famine, captivity, deprivation, hardship, thirst, and work with no rest.

Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

Lamentations 5:5

God does not enjoy seeing His people in bondage. He does not take pleasure in seeing the wicked with their “foot on the neck” of His beloved children. Nor does He want them to work like slaves for their idols.

This is a sobering reminder for Christians today. How many hours per week do you work? And for what are you working? Toys? Luxuries? Prominence among your neighbors? Let us be careful not to enslave ourselves to this world’s system. We all feel a certain amount of pressure to “keep up with the Joneses” and to make sure our children have all the fancy things their friends have, but worshiping mammon in place of God only leads to forced labor and persecution.


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