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He who guards the planets, guards the birdís nests, as we read in Deuteronomy 22:6-7, ďIf a birdís nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam [mother] sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days.Ē Let's not think for one minute that God's not concerned with minute detail! It will affect how long we live and how well we get along in life, by what attitude we take toward this law about birdís nests.

Why was He concerned about the birdís nests? Take the young if you are hungry and eat them, but don't kill the mother bird. We could take advantage of the mother bird because of her love for the young. We couldn't catch her any other way, but because she loves her young, she'll stay right there, and you can come right up on her. She'll flutter at you and peck at you, but she won't leave her young; and because of her love for her young, you'll be able to capture her. However, God said you'd better not do it. If you kill off the mother birds, you'll stop the species and it'll become extinct; but if you let the mother bird go, she will mate again and bring forth some more birds, and the earth will be replenished with the species. God said that if you don't obey this, it won't be well with you and you'll not live as long as you ought to. I believe a lot of people die before their time because they handle Godís law carelessly.

What's the spiritual lesson for us as God deals with these more minute things? It's this: we can't stop wantonness when we please. He who wantonly destroys a birdís nest is starting something. Give him some time and he'll cruelly break up a childís home, just as he did that birdís home. The things that bring destruction and heartache have a little beginning. None of us committed our first sin by doing something as big as robbing a bank. We broke a law of the home, a law of the school, a law of the city, or a law of God. We broke a small law, and that's all it took to develop us on to a stage of doing something much worse. Little tyrannies of childhood explain the big destruction we see in the more mature life of young people today. Disobedience in small matters shows a very great contempt for Godís Law, while obedience in small matters shows a great respect for it. Who are the people who have the most respect for Godís Word? They're the people who ďkeep up onĒ the little things. James taught: that to offend in one point was to be guilty of all the law.

The Substitute

Just before the judge passes sentence, into the courtroom steps the judge's son and says, "Father, may I approach the bench?" The judge says, "Yes," and motions him to come. The son steps forward and says, "Father, I know that by our law this man is guilty as charged. He's worthy of death. But I offer myself as a substitute. Charge me with his crimes. Let me take his punishment. I love him. Please let him go free."

Yet these simple words cannot begin to convey the enormity of what Jesus has done for us. Listen to the words of the prophet, Isaiah. "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:3-6.

As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

The death of God's Son on the cross is His answer to the otherwise unsolvable problem of our guilt. He didn't die for any crime He had committed. It was our sins---yours and mine---that nailed Him there, that caused Him to endure such indescribable suffering. And beyond the physical suffering was the awful weight of our sins on His holy soul. The sin of the world was heaped upon Him.

Yet He did it willingly, even joyfully, for He could see beyond the suffering of the cross, beyond the grave, beyond this world. He saw another world, peopled by an innumerable company of the redeemed of all ages, living forever in peace, love, joy, and fulfillment, free from every ill of this present evil world.

When God Doesn't Answer!

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that He will not hear. Isaiah 59: 2

The other day, our phone went out. It would ring once, give a little tinkle-buzz, and then...nothing! Part of the time we could call out, but no one could call in. Sometimes we couldn't call out at all. Finally, it went dead all together.

I called the phone company. They have amazing computers there. The nice lady ran a diagnostic on my line and told me there was something in the house that was Ďshorting out' the phone line. She said we needed to check all of our phone line equipment and see which one was causing the problem.

We checked all three phones by unplugging them and checking the line. None of them seemed to be the problem. We unplugged the answering machine---still no luck. We checked the computer modem. No luck. Finally, my son remembered the phone in the garage. We unplugged that one and bingo! We had phone service!! The wires on the wall jack were loose and shorting across each other when the phone rang.

It's just the same with spiritual communication with the Lord. We have to be sure that we're properly connected with our hearts. Just as that phone jack in the garage shorted out our phone connections, forgotten or neglected sin in our life can interfere with our connection to God.

God spoke in Isaiah, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that He will not hear. God will save us. He will build and install our 'phone line', but it's up to us to keep the line clear. Sin's the interference on our phone line to God.

Just as the phone company told us what was wrong and left it up to us to fix the problem, so God will, by the Holy Spirit, tell us what's wrong when our prayers are going unanwsered. But it's up to us to check out our life and find what's causing our unanswered prayers. When we found the loose jack in the garage...we fixed it. When we've checked our life and found the overlooked or sheltered sin we must fix the problem by repenting and forsaking the wrong.

Let's keep our connection with the Father free from interference that our prayers won't be hindered!