Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the sixth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at the Benton Event Center. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults. “Time will never heal the hurt and uncertainty these families feel every hour of every day,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But it is my mission each year that these families walk away from the Never Forgotten event with a sense of support that their state and members of law enforcement have not and will not ever forget their loved one.” Wayne Ruthven, a consultant with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), provided law enforcement officers with an update on a program being created to coordinate efforts to assist children who become separated from their families as a result of a disaster. The Attorney General’s office and several other Arkansas agencies meet monthly to develop an action plan, coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, as part of a pilot program. “Under the leadership of the Arkansas Mass Care Coordinator, Edwin Lyons, and the Department of Human Services, NCMEC is supporting a great group of stakeholder representatives from a number of state, federal and local agencies working diligently to develop a children's disaster reunification plan for Arkansas which can also be a model for states nationwide,” said Ruthven.
By J.G. Smith
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds...
A sigh of relief escaped his lips as his shackled feet shuffled their way into the throne room. It had been a horrendous day, so many lives were lost but at least they had spared the women and children. He contemplated living within the walls of the castle. He knew that he would never return home again and that his sons had most likely fallen in battle. Sweat fell from his brow into his eyes and he squinted as he stepped from the dark recesses of dungeons into the throne room.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,” Gensis 3:5. It was in paradise that the adversary convinced Eve to violate God’s law. It was in the celestials that the devil persuaded a third of the angels to betray their Creator. Is it any wonder that the slimy, lying, cheat can convince someone that beer taste better than Oreo’s and milk? Or that inhaling cigarette smoke could rival breathing in the fresh, crisp mountain air?
King Saul had been commanded to kill all of the Amalekites. Men, women, children, and beast were to fall under the sword. Amalek was the offspring of a stiff necked, stubborn Lot and an incestuous relationship. When Israel had escaped Egyptian bondage, it was the Amalekites that attacked the rear echelon killing off the sick and elderly. God’s judgement was to be exacted against such murderous cowardice but King Saul had been persuaded by a notion.
Is it so unimaginable to think that the adversary can establish thought patterns, strongholds, develop imaginations that are contrary to the word of God and prohibit us from receiving what God has in store for us? “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1. Paul is arguing that we need get rid of the things that are hindering God from moving in our lives. We need to root out the stinking thinking.
Samuel looked at King Saul and asked him simply, if you have done what God has asked then why is there such a ruckus? The oxen were bellowing. The sheep were crying. Women were trying to keep their babies silent. King Saul defended his action and blamed the people for his disobedience, after all they had a valid argument.
The word of God records in 1 Samuel 15:32, “And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past from me.” Sin thought it was safe. King Agag felt as if he had escaped judgement but the Man of God refused to allow disobedience to wear a crown. Samuel took a sword in his hand and before all of Israel, he hewed Agag into pieces.
It’s time that we stop defending secular opinion and refrain from allowing our own reasoning to supersede the Word of God. Even the simplest idea, imagination, or concept can take root in your mind and prevent you from yielding yourself to Him. Eve thought it was pleasant to the eye, Sarah thought herself too old, and Lot refused to stray too far from Sodom. Simple notions that had dire consequences.
Saul lost the kingdom that day because he yielded to an opinion. It’s my prayer for you this week that you not listen to every opinion, that you don’t accept “expert” advice of the adversary, and that you allow your mind to be saturated with the presence of God.
According to the Word of God, men will “…wrest…other scriptures, unto their own destruction...”
2 Peter 3:16. Discover this week who God is…there is only One…and His name is Jesus.