How easy it would be to slip into a funk while reading these scriptures. To focus on all the war, destruction, betrayal, death, falling away from our ABBA.
As easy as it would be to do the same, while reading of the events occurring in the world today.
I was thinking about how we must constantly be on guard in our walk with ABBA. At times the way is so narrow and how easily we can slip, sliding right down into the pit of sin. There are moments when the temptations are so overbearing, I feel I am walking toe to heel, just to stay on the path. Even in the moments when the road seems wide and uneventful, we have to stay on guard to not focus on and serve "self". ("No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13)
Thankfully, I know the end of the "story".
It is there I place my attention so as not to become overwhelmed by the "bad". I know our ABBA has won this war and is only allowing the battles to continue in hopes for more souls. More souls to make the choice to follow Him. Souls to go and make disciples for Him.
There are moments I am so aware He could have placed me in any place, in any year, to live this life. How thankful I am ABBA has placed me in the USA - today. All the wars recorded in the passages have caused me to be aware - again - of the blessings we have in our freedoms.
Freedom which has come and continues to be at the cost of much blood, sweat, tears, sacrifices, from those who have and are, serving our country.
For those men and women, their families, I am so grateful.
For the freedom in living in the USA.