As we pass through the holidays of Rosh Ha Shanah, Yom Kippur and enter into the week of Sukkot, we are reminded of the temporary nature of this life and the need to reconnect with God for mercy and provision. We begin a new series starting with hope which is found through reverence and relationship with Him.
It’s the season we’re reminded a debt’s been paid, where open door yawns instead of dead laid, old charges erased and judgement stilled to look forward and find our hope refilled.
Why am I talking about the Holocaust now when Yom Ha Shoah and most memorials are in April? January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day and it’s a good time, before the wave of holidays, to call attention of the dangers of Anti-Semitism.
Continuing on the seasonal topic from Isaiah 9:6 “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…”
HOW we think is as important as what we are thinking about. We’ll look at how to check our spiritual attitudes before the Lord.
Tonight we talk about Sukkot and how this holiday helps us remember to hit life’s pause button and catch our breath.
Twelve years ago, we started with a question:
“Why do some people grow in the Lord and change, but others drift away?”
Recently, I heard an answer to that question:
“You have to stay hungry for the things of God”
What keeps us hungry? What does that even mean?
- Physical “hunger” can be in our heads sometimes; we’re not in “hunger” we’re simply “hungry”
- People eat out of stress, extreme emotional need, and boredom
- While satisfying, it comes from habit. Something else is driving that need
- Isn’t hunger for the Lord a good thing?
The stress for success is something present in our everyday life: working towards performance goals, getting the best deals, even achieving a new high score on your favorite video game, we continually strive for something more than what we are.
There’s always a mountain to climb, just make sure it’s the right one BEFORE you get to the top.
That’s OK to a point but when that becomes the end goal, we lose sight of WHY we’re trying to be better. What hole are we trying to fill by achieving that ‘something’ be it a title, a number, or a thing? Continue reading God’s Definition of Success