And There They Mourned…
Sin is what we are attempting to stamp down. We will never be successful at eliminating it but we can keep our incidents of sin lower and focus on always improving the next step we take. When we lie to ourselves, no matter how small the “little white lie” is, it opens the door to lying to others. If we lie to ourselves we will surely lie to our wife, our children or our coworker. They don’t stand a chance.
When we hear lies in our mind, as the devil begins planting seeds of doubt about ourselves or the task we are performing, we become vulnerable to telling ourselves all kinds of lies. We discussed many times how we hear we are a “loser”, a “moron” a “terrible person” and so on. If we agree with these words, phrases or images we have bought the lie and are off to the races, living knee deep in sin. It’s the little things, the details, where we must seek God’s strength, first, in order to combat these “little white lies”.
It’s the same with death. We no longer mourn our dead. We no longer honor our family members who have passed away. Sure, we stop what we’re doing attend a funeral, a celebration of life or some other very short lived ceremony but we spend so little, if any, time in mourning that it is ripping the foundation of life from underneath us. We can’t fully live in our life if we are not fully mourning our loved ones going to heaven. It’s no different than lying to ourselves – it’s just another way of pushing God out of our lives. When we stop to focus on our loved one, we are focusing on what God has done in that persons life. How Gods strength, in another person, actually impacts our life. This might be important.
And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan. ~ Genesis 50:10-11 KJB
We used to have ceremonial times for the major points in life. Birth, marriage, death and several other life achievements. We no longer do that. Why? Are we so busy that we don’t have time to live? Are we so busy we don’t have time to see our family, hear our family and be with our family? If we don’t have time to give to our family how are ever going to have time to truly give to someone else? We aren’t – not going to happen. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate the hamster wheel. Maybe it’s time to reexamine what Truth is, what life is supposed to be about.
Sure we can tell ourselves another “little white lie” and make it all okay. We can also take a look at why all the things that are of the least importance have been made into something of monumental importance.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.