Bringing home a roach!

If my wife were reading this devotion, she would already be saying, “get it away.”  As a child I had the honor of growing up in the country.  Our family lived very close to my grandparents who owned a country store.  As  life would be, there were times when in either the grain sacks or other items my grandfather received, by delivery trucks,would have several roaches in them.

When we would bring home groceries, my mother was always looking for a roach.  The same think holds true with my wife when I bring something home from stores that could house such things. She is to the max when it comes to bugs, especially roaches.

As I was reading II Chronicles 23-32, I was reminded of this as I read the story of Amazaih, king of Judah. God gave him a great victory over the people of Edom.  However the bible records he brings roach’s home with him.  Here is the commentary in Vs:14 of chapter 25, “Now it was so, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the people of Seir, set them up to be his gods and bowed down before them and burned incense to them.”

When I read this, I couldn’t believe it.  How could anyone have such a wonderful blessing from God and then worship other gods?  Then the reality set in, how often do we do the same things?  How often do we allow the world to infiltrate our hearts?  How often do we fail to guard our hearts.  We allow the roach of this world to occupy much of our lives.

If we could be as series with keeping the world out of our hearts as my wife is at keeping bugs out of the house, we would be successful in walking with our God.  Certainly we know as someone said, “We must be in the world but we do not have to be of the world.”

Allow me to challenge you to place safeguards in your life that will ensure a pure heart and a pure home.  Because if you do not, the world will bug you to death!  The key is to have a loyal heart before the Lord.  I discovered with the king of Israel that he did not have a loyal heart, 25:2.

I leave you with the precious word of God, “I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,”  Romans 12:1-2

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