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  1. Betsy Eubank

    I think that it is sometimes a good thing and sometime NOT, when God gives us what we ask for, whether we ask amiss or not… Follow me awhile in this!!! Even when we ask for the right things, it builds faith and patience to wait on God for those answers… It teaches us to really listen for answers, and the results are more meaningful when we are listening with a patient and faithful heart…
    Regarding times that God gives us what we ask for, when we’ve asked amiss???
    I am thankful that God has NOT given me all of the things I’ve asked amiss for… That would have been too tragic for me to deal with, however I believe it is good for us to receive some of the things that we ask amiss for, in order to learn NOT to ask for those things… Proverbs 3:11 tells us NOT to despise the Lord’s discipline and to NOT reject God’s chastening… God knows how to correct His own children in ways that each and every one of us understands, and as only He can…
    It is good for us to learn to trust God early on and to NOT make too many major mistakes, which often times can have life-long and serious consequences, but if the hard lessons must be learned, then they are there to bring us back to God, and should not be despised… So in that sense, it is good for God to sometimes give us some of the things that we ask amiss for, as long as we are willing to learn those hard lessons… A preacher once said in a sermon, “if you are questioning something that you know to be right, do the thing first, and question it later. You’ll be a lot happier that way”… I think that is wise advice…
    Regarding Israel and the digression of their society, which led to them wanting a king, I see something much worse than just them wanting to be like the surrounding people… As referenced in Galatians 5:9 A little leaven, leavens the whole lump… Their society had already digressed to a point where the influence of the surrounding people (which began with a desire to be like them) had permeated their society until they no longer seemed to know what was right, or how to find it… Where they even asking God for help??? They seemed to think that Samuel was the only person who had access and could speak to God… He WAS their spiritual guide in a sense, yet even his own children had fallen away from the faith…
    I perceive that in our society we are experiencing something very similar to this, even amongst the churches, where people tend to follow a preacher or stick with a “church of Christ” creed, instead of reading the bible in such a way, that causes each and every one of us to keep looking toward God… We hear words and sermons that affirm our own beliefs, but there is a disconnect when it comes to digesting and being strengthened by those affirmations… We reference Israel quite a bit, but seem unable and even overwhelmed when it comes to understanding our own society… So we just talk about theirs instead…
    Our own society bombards the hearts and minds of our children with sinful ideas and images through mass media, to a point where it is pretty much impossible to avoid it… For instance, the last Super-bowl we had (before shutdown) was aired during prime time… Prime-time used to be what was considered the “family hour” of television, when children could sit with their parents in the living-room and not be force fed a diet of sex and aggression… It was striking and disturbing to see the young latino dancer, who was said to be bringing Latino culture to Super-Bowl 2019, wearing a skimpy scarlet dress, and writhing around on the stage that was surrounded by a projection of flames… And all in the name of culture, LOL!!!
    I couldn’t help thinking about Rev 17:3, which talks about the woman wearing scarlet, sitting on the beast, drinking her cup of iniquities, and surrounded by a sea of fire… There’s nothing in Revelations that says she wasn’t attractive to the people around her, and as a society we seem to have forgotten about our children… They have become a lost generation, and we wonder why they are murderous, aggressive, foul mouthed, and have very little values… We wonder why they grow up oversexed and unable to wait until marriage, and why they struggle with sin… Why should we wonder??? How is it, that we don’t wonder if it is healthy or otherwise, to subject children to such images at an early age, and at a time when they are most likely to accept those images as a normal part of growing up… A little leaven, leavens the whole lump!!! Some of these children are just babies when they see these images practically everywhere… Advertisements, billboards, television, malls, social media… It has become commonplace to hand an ipad to a child, in order to appease them… I realize that there are age appropriate programs for children, but now they are learning to become fond of the ipad, instead of one another…
    Please don’t misunderstand me because I’m not saying that we can control everything that our children see out in society… We’d have to lock them in a closet to keep them away from all of that!!! I’m not sure that there is an answer to saving the next generation from an influence that seems pervasive even in other cultures, as Western influence seems to spread it’s roots throughout the world… I also think that there are positive facets to Western influence, but we certainly cannot deny that we have overwhelmed our own society (and willingly so) with destructive influences that are very pervasive… I suppose that this is as the saying goes, from one of my favorite movies “It is written”… Are we really in control of our own destiny??? (from Lawrence of Arabia)…
    Perhaps this is why Christ came to seek and save the lost, because God understood that this would be the only way of escape, and He always provides one, doesn’t He??? Perhaps this is why God has been so patient with me… Lord knows the struggles of Gen X and beyond are real!!! I feel that we need to be very honest in order to help our children with what they are up against these days… Talk to them about our society TODAY, in a very real way, and understand how very real the struggle is for them. Rather than hope that all that good teaching takes hold somehow, open up a dialog about what the bible says about all of it… Let them know that we are there with them, trying to withstand the same temptations, and how difficult it is… We aren’t qualified to judge anyone, and why would we want to??? The bible says that whatever measure we use to judge others, will be measured out to us… Does the bible condemn homosexuality??? Well of course it does… All sex outside of a sanctified marriage is condemned… It won’t matter if you are gay, straight, bi, or married to your cat… If you take up the cross, then you WILL have a war with your own flesh, and there will NOT be any outs for ANYONE!!! You WILL struggle, and the struggle will be REAL for all!!! It won’t matter what you think about your own sexuality in this life… God will require that of all of us, and the struggle will be real!!!
    Marriage presents it’s own joys and stuggles, as many of us know… But you cannot know the depth of love you will feel for a spouse until you’ve walked through the fire with them, so to speak… Struggles, temptations, long work hours, illnesses, exhaustion… We now live in a throw away society, but if you talk to a couple who have been married their whole lives, they will tell you that the secret to staying close to one another, is to fix the problems… Don’t discard one another… People are precious, and not to be discarded!!! If you talk to people who have been married more than once (wether they were widowed or divorced) they will both say that each relationship presented it’s own problems… They were NEVER without problems, just a DIFFERENT set of problems… Marriage will NOT be easy, but the joys, the love, and the companionship make it all so worth it!!! Divorce will not take away the problems!!! The problems are there to take us to a level of love that we cannot know, unless we endure these problems together in faith… I’ve heard some people brag about enduring a horrid divorce… That’s nothing to brag about!!! It takes much more faith, fortitude and sheer grit to endure a marriage…
    One day you will grow a love for your spouse that will make you become one in every sense of the word… I would beg, borrow, die or kill for my husband, because he is family, but it wasn’t always so… You cannot know what patience, what deep commitment, what faith you will experience, unless you never quit… Through thick and thin, sickness and health until death do you part… Marriage is a life long commitment in God’s eyes, because He wants and understands what is best for us, as any loving parent would… It is a journey through strange lands at times, to be sure… Try ever so much to choose someone who loves God as deeply as you do… Someone who you love deeply, and loves you deeply in return… Someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with…
    Our children look to us for answers and influence in a society where our leaders argue like a couple of third graders… Lets not forget to give them what they need the most in a society that is increasingly failing them… Give them the bible in a real way, not just in polite words… If Samuel had taught his sons about God in a real way, perhaps they would have led Israel…

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