Who was Absalom?
Who was Tamar?
How much did Absalom's hair weigh after he cut it?
LESSON: We sometimes think that we have the only generation that was rebellious. Study the life of Absalom and you will see that he would fit right in today. Consider, however, the results.
PRAYER: Lord, lead me in the pathway of righteousness and not to have a rebellious spirit. Amen.
IT'S ALWAYS FOR OUR GOOD
Isaiah said, "Come now, and let us reason together..." (Isaiah 1:18). A local newspaper gave this report of an ironic turn of events that happened to a group of motorcyclists as they traveled to the state capital in Michigan to protest the motorcycle helmet law. The group was scheduled to meet at the capitol building to make some speeches and burn their helmets. But on the way to the protest, one of the bikers lost control of his machine and slammed into a construction warning sign. He suffered head injuries that would have been avoided if he had been wearing his helmet. Sometimes we are like those cyclists. We look at the ways of the Lord as unnecessary. While continuing to ask and expect His protection and blessing, we resist, rebel, and are disobedient to His loving guidelines. No one likes having his style cramped by laws. But when we read the first chapter of Isaiah and consider the alternative, we begin to realize that one principle stands behind every restriction our Lord gives us: IT'S ALWAYS FOR OUR GOOD!
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
An atheist scientist came to God and said, "We've figured out how to make a man without you." God said, "Okay, let me see you do it." So, the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. God stopped him and said, "Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"