The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given in marriage. (
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! That’s why having a smoke detector is critical to fireproofing your home. The loud alarm can give you an opportunity to escape. I smell smoke! I am a spiritual smoke detector sounding a warning that is a life and death matter for your family.
did not listen and
perished. They failed to set a pattern
and teach the principles of the Word of God and so family life and national
life became engulfed in hell’s inferno ( Israel Ps.78:1-8).
That sinful generation is described as UNGRATEFUL (
Ps.78:9-16) They forgot all that God had done for
them. He had blessed them and blessed
them, and they just took it for granted those blessings would always be
there—and they forgot that a gracious God was the source and the blessings were
undeserved. I smell smoke! We have modeled ungratefulness as parents and
now we have a young generation that virtually has stricken, “Thank you,” from
their vocabulary. Like pigs coming to a
trough, we begin to gorge ourselves at the table, few of us raising our heads
to the God in heaven who blesses us. A
lack of gratitude in our personal life and family life is an indicator of a
destructive fire ablaze.
They were also UNBELIEVING (
Ps.78:17-33). God delivered the Jews from Egyptian slavery
by miraculous deeds. He opened up a
highway through the Red Sea to bring them
out. When they were thirsty, He gave
them water from the rock. He fed them
bread from heaven. Yet, every time they
faced adversity, they would wring their hands and whine in despair. They doubted the ability and veracity of God
to keep His Word—and that is a horrible sin!
It would shut them out of the Promised Land. The sin of unbelief is all that will shut us
out of heaven. Yet, I have heard some
parents say the stupidest thing, “I’m not going to force religion on my
child. You know my parents made me go to
church and I’m not going to do that to my kid.”
Well, I’m sorry that your parents gave birth to such morons! You may be sentencing your children to
hell. The world will gladly indoctrinate
your children if you don’t!
The people of
were UNREPENTANT ( Israel Ps.78:34-55). They would say
the right thing, but it was all a show.
When they got in trouble, they would promise God anything, and as soon
as the pressure was off, they were back to their old ways. Jesus warned, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Repentance means we turn from sin and turn to
God sincerely. It’s going to take a
miracle to fireproof your home. It will
require the power of God. I am convinced,
however, that no matter how spiritually toxic the culture may be, God can bring
us and our loved ones safely through--but not if we don’t take our faith
Finally, they were UNFAITHFUL (
Ps.78:56-72) They abandoned their love for the Lord and
went whoring after other gods— they were spiritual adulterers. Unfaithfulness to our marriage vows will
certainly burn a home down, but that is rooted in unfaithfulness to God. I smell smoke and where there’s smoke there’s
fire! If we are not faithful to God as
parents, then what hope is there for the generations to come?
With the help of God, let us fireproof our home!