Psalm 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Rebels will not and cannot enjoy the breadth of God’s intended blessings. For those harmed by the consequences of sin, God desires to make things right. The Bible says that “he bringeth out those which are bound with chains.” God delivers those taken captive by the wicked. For this reason, the Bible says that He will be “a father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows” (Psalm 68:5). Yet, He also withholds blessings from those who rebel against His will. Rebels will instead “dwell in a dry land” bereaved of the blessings of God. Though this was no doubt intended as the literal withholding of rain, it bears a spiritual truth that rebels will miss out on the richness of what God has for them. The Lord wants men to know His joy and His peace; however, rebellion offers nothing but a dearth of God’s blessings.
- (For children): Jeremiah 17:5-8 tells us the difference in the way of life between those who rebel against God (“heart departeth from the Lord”) and those who do not. Also read Deuteronomy 11:11-17.
- (For everyone): Are you in the midst of a spiritual drought? Do you find yourself blaming others for the dry land in which you dwell? Is it possible that the drought has resulted from the rebellion within your heart?
- What does the Lord want from you? Have you been obedient to His known will for your life? Has rebellion caused you to miss out on some blessings?
- Thank the Lord for showing you any rebellion within your heart.
- Ask God to help you enjoy His blessings.
SONG: SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 33)
Subject: Rest (con’t)
Life will present difficult situations. The only viable solution will, at times, involve taking a step back and regrouping mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Most Christians know the commandment of Christ given to the apostles to go “into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), but far too few recognize the same Lord commanded these same apostles to separate themselves “into a desert place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). It is better to obediently rest than to prematurely burn out in the service of God.