Do You Live Like A Feral Cat?

Do You Live Like A Feral Cat?

Have you ever driven behind a restaurant only to see massive quantities of feline scavengers? When a cat looses its desire to be captive and domesticated it will revert to a wild, or feral state. In many cases they retain some semblance of their former life in the first generation, but their offspring are often so wild they are untamable. This can lead to all sorts of trouble for both cats and people. Feral cats are a destructive, disease carrying menace that often preys on native wildlife and destroys the ecology of native species.

feralcatThe people of Israel began to act as if they were feral in the land promised to their forefathers after Joshua and the elders of his generation died out. They were the second generation so to speak and began to take on the wild tendencies of a feral animal. Judges 2:10-14 says, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the Lord to anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14 In his anger against Israel the Lord handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.”

The fate of feral cats often includes capture and detainment in shelters, euthanasia, disease, and harmful interactions with traffic. If they would stay close to the hand that feeds them they would enjoy the safety and provision of a loving home, but when they decide to go wild and do things their own way the outcome is much more destructive to them. The same is true of the people of God. When we are in relationship with the Lord we can enjoy the comforts of our loving Father, but if we are not in covenant as believers with Jesus then we can only expect destruction. Do you live like a feral cat?

 

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Are You Devoted To Destruction?

This morning while I was reading Joshua chapter 7 something leaped off the page and started to really make me think.  Joshua 7:12 in the second half of the verse says "...I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction."  I realize through previous scriptures in Deuteronomy and again repeated in the New Testament that the Lord will never leave me nor forsake me but this verse posed an interesting thought.  Do my actions really have consequences? The context of the verse involves the people of Israel coming out of the wilderness and claiming the promised land the Lord has given to them.  They have obeyed the commands and instructions of God and had victory in the land up to this point.  They go into battle and something goes wrong, they are forced to retreat and around 36 men are killed.  This is the result of one man's disobedience.  Achor disobeyed God by keeping some of the plunder of the land for himself and hiding it in his tent.  This caused the favor of God to leave the Israelites in battle and forced their retreat as well as the casualties.

How many times do we disobey God and create our own destruction by doing our own thing?  The sin of Ahcor affected his whole family as well as his community.  36 men died and he and his family were stoned and burned because of his disobedience.  This is obviously an extreme case but it makes the point that although we have grace thankfully now because of God sending his one and only son, Jesus Christ, into the world; we still need to be aware of our sins and disobedience because they have consequences.  We need to rid ourselves of the sins in our lives that lead to destruction.  Lord I pray we humble ourselves and admit when we are wrong and that by the blood of Jesus you forgive us of the many sins we commit against you.  Are you devoted to destruction?

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