Almost every morning I watch the weather report from a South Bend station on their weather app. In the last 2 months the weather forecasters have had to report on a lot of rain and cooler weather (I do believe this is what Spring consists of, but what do I know). After the meteorologists give their forecast (shot in the dark), they always cut back to the woman who is going to report the rest of the news. For the last 2 months this woman has complained just about every day that there is too much rain and the temperature is too cold. Everyday it’s something!
On Friday, June 21st, we welcomed the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year. On Monday, June 24th, after the weather report, this news person began to complain about how hot it was going to be later in the week. It took her less than 72 hours to complain about what she had been asking to receive for 2 months. She even asked the weather person if it could just be a little cooler. Some people are never satisfied!
Now I know that we are all safe to speak about her dissatisfaction because we have never been this way. We’ve never asked God for something and then once we received it, complained about it. We’re all just too good, mature, and level-headed to ever act like that. Let’s all pat ourselves on the back, in unison. We do sometimes act like we are never satisfied. We want and want and want and never get satisfied with what we have. This is not what the scripture says we should do.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Did you see that word in both scripture texts: content? Content is to be satisfied. Let’s not be guilty of believing that money, a new car, a new house, a new wardrobe, or the perfect weather will ever make us content. Jesus is the only one that can do that. Get more Jesus and you’ll be more content.
I pray you’re satisfied,
"Am I my brother's keeper?". You have likely heard this phrase before, but do you know its origin? In Genesis chapter 4, after Cain killed his brother Abel in a jealous fury, God asked Cain where Abel was and Cain responded with this question. The word keeper in this passage comes from the Hebrew word shamar, which is a primitive root meaning: properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc.(from Strong's Lexicon on BlueLetterBible.com). So Cain was asking God, "is it my responsibility to guard and protect my brother?".
The context of Cain's inquiry was that of a guilty man filled with anger, jealousy, conviction, and regret. But what about the context of this question in the church today? Am I my brother's keeper? Is it my responsibility to guard, protect, and watch over my fellow believers and make sure they don't fall into sin? We don't need to go far in the scriptures to see an example of this. In Genesis 3, the first humans were faced with a temptation. Eve was beguiled by the serpent and ate of the tree that God expressly prohibited them to eat from. The blame, however, can not fall solely on Eve. Genesis 3:6 reads: "And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Eve was not alone while facing this temptation. She had Adam there, who also knew right from wrong and what God had commanded. Adam could have (and should have) stopped Eve and got her back on the right track, but instead he stood by silently and even fell to the temptation himself. Letters to the church in the New Testament address this topic as well.
Galatians 6:1-2 NKJV -  Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who [are] spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
James 5:19-20 NKJV -  Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
These are just two more examples in scripture that the church is expected to support, help, strengthen, guard, and restore one another. We should be continually covering our brothers and sisters in prayer. If we see them heading toward danger we should speak up and reach out a helping hand. What a shame it would be if we were to stand by silently while a precious believer plunged into the depths of sin and death. If they do fall into sin, we please the Lord by loving and restoring them back into the fold.
This doesn't mean that I can live carelessly and expect the church to be solely responsible for my salvation. Besides being instructed to guard and restore one other, we are also told in Philippians 2:12 to dutifully and reverently work out our own salvation. These two ideas don't contradict one another. I am responsible for my walk with God, but I'm also expected to be there for my brothers and sisters if they fall into temptation or begin to stray off the path. Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own salvation. However, should a brother or sister walk away from the faith we must not answer God "am I my brother's keeper?". We should rather answer "I did all I could do to help them".
One of the greatest blessings and assets to a believer is the church. Plug yourself in as much as possible. Love the church, prioritize church attendance and fellowship with other believers. This road is much easier, more successful, and more enjoyable when we walk it together.