The nation of Israel goes to war with the Philistines. They lose the battle and several thousand soldiers. In their despair, they cry out to God and even bring the Ark of the Covenant into the camp to spur the men to victory. At the next battle, they were again defeated and lost even more soldiers. They seemed to believe crying out God's name and bringing His "throne" to the battle was all that was needed. They were giving God lip-service but not their heart. He knows the difference. How guilty are we of doing the same? We talk a great talk and sound super spiritual, but when the lights are off and the crowd is gone, we do not walk that talk. It is just lip service meant to impress those around us or to somehow manipulate God into doing our will. The results for the Israelites was devastating, and they will be for all those who follow their example. The greatest devastation may well come through your children who are catching more than you are teaching. They see the disconnect between church and home and take it to the farthest extreme in their personal lives. The results are heartbreaking and can be circumvented if we simply allow our walk and our talk to match.

Help me, Lord, to walk by talk and talk my walk. Help me to train my children in Your Word by telling them AND living it out each and everyday.