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Contempt?

February 5, 2010

How many law oriented shows are out there where we champion the lawyer or defendant to be in contempt of court for their belief, conviction, thoughts, knowledge, or just frustration with the system? Contempt defined by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is “the act of despising, the state of mind of one who despises or a lack of respect or reverence for something.” There are so many times that I am sure we all have seen some form of contemptuous behavior. Now that you may have that thought in place, hold on to it. Last week I wrote “I can not imagine life without God, but so many times we don’t live a life for God,” now can this be called contempt?

In Numbers 14, God calls the actions of His people contemptuous. Let’s read verses 1-12: “That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all the Israelites. The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”

How can the same people who witnessed all that God had provided to them so quickly become ungrateful and untrustworthy? Here we have a group of people that have physically seen the Almighty God do very amazing miracles to save them. (I have seen some pretty awesome God moments in my life that has created and increased my faith.) They saw Him bring them out of Egypt, get them through the plagues, split the Red Sea only to feel that God should have left them there, as slaves.

Our faith today is built on a relationship with our Lord; in Numbers we see that they saw God, not as their Savior or their Lord. They were not willing to live and do as He wanted even though His words were being spoken directly to them. If we were given the opportunity to have our faith generated and created by actual physical signs, how cool would that be, or not? Our faith is in Him, challenged to see where God is working in our lives. We have miraculous signs today; though they may not be as flashy and we often have to see where God is at through it all. Our faith is built on our decision to follow Him which is a choice of ours. It is also our choice to recognize His Lordship and live a life that is devoted to Him. We know that He deserves our best, but how do we keep from losing focus on who He truly is in our life? He is right there; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But, do we miss that He still desires for us to grow in our love for Him. We need to understand that our faith in Him is directly connected to how we live our lives for Him. We all need to grow, be accountable by someone, and to hold someone else accountable so all our focus is on Him. God has parted the seas in our lives, miracles have happened to get you where you are today. I tell my wife that I love her though I know that she never would have said “yes” if she would never have seen my love for her without seeing my commitments along the way. So how are you preparing yourself to “live your life out loud” for God, today?

Have a great weekend,

Love ya,

Mark A Williams

Minister of Involvement, Northside Christian Church

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February 5, 2010 - Posted by | Mark |

1 Comment »

  1. A similar thought came to me this week…and Holy Spirit used the contempt definition to furthur provoke me. So often I act like I’ve yielded enough, but really have lost focus. And that very attitude is contempt. My Savior–who gave His life for me because I can’t save myself on a good day–is worthy of far more than that. I’ve got spiritual ADD! A daily dose of The WORD is the best treatment I’ve discovered. Thanks, Mark.

    Comment by AmyP | February 6, 2010 | Reply


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