I found out that God was not happy with the Israelites. They were twisting things around and he planned to send a devourer among them to get rid of all that was wrong.
As God said
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.
I can just see it. It's like when I correct my boy sometimes and he's like WHAT? What did I do wrong? And I tell him and he's so completely shocked it blows me away that he didn't see it himself (when to me it's so obvious).
Israel is the same way with God.
BUT just as my son and I do. They talked about it, they developed a book of remembrance so they would know who the righteous are among them. They would know and God would know and God would remember his faithful people.
As God says
once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Makes me think you know.
Here I am getting more and more stressed out about everything that needs to get done around here and I KNOW BETTER. I know that God would to have me take one day at a time.
I know that God would have me see the LONG TERM picture that I was so aptly reminded of yesterday. Today doesn't matter so much as the long term view on things... one day Jesus will return! That's the important thing.
God takes care of me FOREVER.. that's the important thing. And THAT is what I need to keep my focus on.
What say you? What has you turning your eyes from God? How can you stay focused on what's truly important?