8-28-15 Promises, Promises

Through the process of buying our house we must have gone through a couple hundred pages of paper. We had to initial here and sign there and then do it again on papers that said essentially the same thing. We even had to sign a paper verifying that we actually were who we said we were. I thought there would be a place for my Mom and Dad to witness that fact, but to my surprise, there wasn’t. I wonder what it would be like if the Paper Reduction Act hadn’t been instituted. A handshake isn’t enough these days. A person’s word isn’t good enough. Signing a paper isn’t enough, either. We have gotten to the point of all kinds of legalities because people break promises.

God had just spent time telling the Jews what would happen to those working against him. Yet, despite the Jews’ (Jacob) attitude toward Him, He said He wouldn’t destroy them. He had made a promise that He would keep regardless that they deserved it.

I am so grateful that God is a God that keeps His promises. He doesn’t change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” That means that when I trusted Christ as my Savior, God keeps me saved. I still sin and the wages of sin is death. But Jesus paid for that sin on the cross. I trusted in that and He keeps me saved as He promised. Praise God for His promises!

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

8-25-15 People Make Me Tired

I worked in an independent auto body repair shop years ago. I remember the boss dealing with a very difficult customer that claimed the manager had promised to have a new windshield installed at no extra charge. The customer was loud and demanding, spewing out threats and foul language. After their discussion, the customer left and the boss looked at us workers and said, “People make me tired,” as he returned to his office.

Today’s verse describes much of today’s Christianity. Instead of consulting the Word of God, many have made up their own doctrines based on their feelings, emotions, dreams, voices, and such like. Yet, they consider themselves Christian. For example: that love means acceptance and approval of sin, but Biblical love is that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sin. That is love.

God says that He is wearied with our blah-blah. He is tired of me acting like all is well when I twist Christianity to fit my own ideas. The question for today is: am I making God weary? Is he tired of my version of Christianity?

“Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment? Malachi 2:17.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

8-26-15 God of Judgement?

“I’m not listening to you.” My daughter shoved her fingers in her ears, stuck her tongue out and made a la-la-la-la noise. She didn’t want to hear what her brother had to say about something.

Kids. Sometimes they do externally what adults do internally. Many today are just like the Jews that Malachi was addressing. They asked, “Where is the God of judgement?” (Malachi 2:17). They had made God to be someone that loved them no matter their sin. They chose not to listen to the scriptures and out of willful ignorance asked that bonehead question.

God considered their question as annoying as plugging one’s ears, sticking one’s tongue out and making noise. He answers the question by saying He will come to them in judgement.

I wonder how filled with shock and awe today’s Christianity will be when God comes in judgement. Because God hasn’t done anything yet, many think He isn’t going to. God says He will not tolerate sin forever – especially in His people.

This concept can be applied to me personally, as well. I am not off the hook.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:2-5. 

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

8-18-15 De-scented Christianity

Last night, I was enjoying my state of unconsciousness when something woke me up. My eyes were burning, my nose was protesting, and I could even taste something nasty in the air. The neighborhood dogs were raising a ruckus. After, I gathered my wits (I only have two of them and they were elusive), I concluded that a skunk had made is displeasure with the dogs known. I jumped up, bounced off the wall and stumbled to the bedroom window and shut it. No amount of Febrez was going to neutralize this stink. It is now midmorning and all the windows are open, yet I can still notice that obnoxious aroma.

In today’s passage, God is letting Judah know that their spirituality stank. He found it repulsive. He would not accept offerings or the motive behind them offering it. Like stink, it affects others. The skunk did not have it out for me personally, yet he ruined my sleep by raising a stink toward the dogs.

Like the skunk, we sometimes think our service to God is wonderful, yet in reality it stinks. I have read testimonies that de-scented skunks are great pets. Similarly, Christians that have begun to stink need to be de-scented, too. The skunk can’t de-scent himself, and the Christian can’t un-stink his spirituality himself. God is the one that can clean us up – myself included.

 “And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.” Malachi 2:13.

God repeated His sentiments in the New Testament, too. “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff