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Aug 13 Devotion: Challenging God

Challenging God

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

May 21, 1753. I have no doubt that there are other dates. This one, however, is the one I found and wanted to cover. This is the day that 30 people in colonial Virginia were presented to the court for various charges. While a few individuals faced other things, 24 faced the same charge: being absent from church attendance. This attendance was not just for religious services however. People were also educated in deference and propriety of social hierarchy. Therefore, being absent was looked at as a challenge to the Virginian gentry. We can look at different things that were done wrong in colonial times. However, think about the fact that if they required a person to attend services, and if they did not attend it was looked at as a challenge to how things were ran. I would venture that it’s the same thing today. If we are instructed to do something on the job and we flat out refuse to do it, we are challenging our supervisors to have to make a decision on how to handle the situation. It’s the same thing when we flat out refuse to do what God tells us to do. There are certain things the Bible instructs us to do. We are to be in church, study His Word, share the Gospel, etc. When we don’t do those things we are just challenging God to have to deal with us as His children. In colonial Virginia the punishment was typically 1-2 days wages. When it comes to God we have no idea what it could cost us. It could be the same punishment as back then. You could have an appliance break down, get a couple flat tires, etc. Life happens and bad things can happen at anytime for really no reason at all. However, why do we challenge God by blatantly ignoring some of the things He instructs us to do through His Word? We can make up any excuse we want but are you more faithful to the things of the world or the things of God?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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