Today’s Scrip-Bit 18 October 2018 Matthew 22:37.

Matthew 22:37.    Jesus said unto him: Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Well the day began with some rolling thunder and dark skies, but the sun has fought valiantly to prevent the rain that seemed in the offing. It as good as told the darkness, ‘look here bwoy, the day is my time, so please don’t intrude on it. You don’t see me intruding on your night time business, do you? So just gwan back to your lair, until it’s your time nuh bwoy!’ (smile) And though the darkness hasn’t completely complied, it has receded some. And the ole fella is here, not feeling the greatest, just woke up from my after-breakfast nap. (smile) Too much food! Although I don’t think that I’m eating that much, it’s just that food and me don’t seem to agree these days. Other than that, I’m not doing too badly, getting my sunshine and saltwater. Went to the General Manager’s Dinner last night. Had a good time. Discovered a new exotic drink ‘Holiday Smile.’ Tasted loverly, even the duchess liked it!
After that dinner, when I had planned to come up to my bed and rest, I was most surprised when a family member came and took us to the other side of the city to visit another family member. So I never got back home until fairly late. Now isn’t it interesting how we think of certain places as home. Here I am in J.A, thinking of a hotel room as home. But right now it’s the place where I rest my head and have my belongings, and where I feel comfortable, at home. (smile)

So what else can I say eh friends, but God is GOOD – God is FAITHFUL! And how should we react when others are good and faithful to us? By being good and faithful to them too. That brings us to the foolish Pharisee lawyer who tried to tempt Jesus by asking: ‘Master (Teacher) which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him: Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’(Matt.22:36-38)

Oh my people, are we truly obeying that first and great commandment? It doesn’t seem so nuh, the way we’re running behind all the things that the world considers important and have less and less time for God. When you LOVE somebody, you want to be with them a lot, sometimes all the time, though that can be ofttimes smothering.

But we can NEVER smother God! He is extremely glad to have us spend lots of time with Him, be involved in all and every aspect of our lives. He desires to spend oodles of time with us, but it’s obvious the desire is not reciprocated, for we put Him in a li’l cubicle and just trot Him out on a Sunday, or when the world is falling down around us and we cry out to Him for help!

And that’s definitely not how God planned it my brethren. He planned it like the prophet Zechariah stated in the promise of restoration of Jerusalem: ‘And I will bring them (back), and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.’ (Zech.8:8)

Unfortunately though my brethren, that’s not how it is in these turbulent, strife-filled, evil and ungodly times. Instead of hanging on to the goodness and faithfulness of God, we’re in the process of trying to remove Him completely from our society. And that’s simply the wisdom of fools!

And these words from Isaiah offer a fitting remembrance and rebuke. ‘Hearken unto me; O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne (upheld) by me from the belly (birth), which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am he; and even to the hoar (grey) hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. 

To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh a god: they fall down (prostrate themselves), yea, they worship.

They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place. And he standeth: from his place shall he not remove (move): yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. 

Remember this, and show yourselves men (be men): bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.’ (Is.46:3-9) 

Oh my people, it would do us a whole lot of good to listen to those words and write them indelibly in our hearts, souls and minds, because the God Jehovah is the ONLY true God! The ONLY Living God! He made us and controls us, and we can’t do much of anything without His allowing it.

So let’s stop the foolishness nuh, the foolishness of trying to worship other gods, many of them made by man. It just doesn’t make sense. Much LOVE!

…how can an inanimate object be your god eh…especially when you made it with your own hands…

 

 

 

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