Old Testament Lesson
The Lord gives warning to the people today. If you break the covenant, if you go against what you have promised to do, there will be consequences. As parents, one of the things we try to teach our kids is that there are consequences. You touch a hot stove, you are burned. You disobey your parent, you are punished. There are consequences for actions.
That is what the Lord is telling the people today. If you break the covenant He has set, there are consequences. However, if after your sin, you see the error of your ways, and come home; there is forgiveness. Our actions have consequences. Consequences for us, for our children, for our grandchildren, for our church. Let us realize the importance of our actions in this day, and let us make wise choices.
New Testament Lesson
The pray of the righteous is effective. Today, do not doubt the power of prayer. Through praying churches, God can move in amazing ways. Through praying parents, God can redeem lost children. Through pray, much goodness can happen. The pray of the righteous is effective. Today, in your work, in your play, in your resting, in your driving, in all that you do, take time to pray. Prayer matters, and through pray, God can move in awesome ways.
Consider the lilies. Think about creation. Does God not take care of it? How much more will He take care of us. Don't worry about the trivial, the earthly. Worry about the eternal. Worry, and work, about the things that will make a difference in the lives of others. God will take care of you. Has He not in the past? Why would He stop now? God will take care of you. Rest easy in that. Don't use your strength worrying about these things.
Use your strength doing good. Use it helping others. Use it obeying. Use it in the things that are eternal. Consider the lilies. Will God not take care of you as well?