Tammuz: Guard Your Heart and Worship

The Summer months on God’s calendar have begun. Tammuz, Av, and Elul have no major holidays, but God always has something to show us each month. For example, Tammuz is the month Israel built the golden calf in the wilderness (Exodus 32) and is also the month ten of the twelve spies brought back a negative report (Numbers 13).

Historically Tammuz and AV have been negative months for Israel. The Temple was destroyed on the ninth of Av, along with several other adverse historical events. This isn’t to say these two months have to be doom and gloom; it just reminds us to guard our hearts and watch our covenants.

God has set each month to have a purpose, and how we proceed through the month determines whether we will receive a blessing or get tripped up. Each month begins with the New Moon celebration or Rosh Chodesh. 

Genesis 1:14 says that the sun, moon, and stars are given for signs, seasons, days, and years. Now that we have calendars, we typically don’t gaze at the stars and the moon, but they still determine what day it is on God’s calendar. So, as you go through Tammuz (June 30, 2022-July 29, 2022), have a worshipful heart and faith-filled speech. 

Numbers 13:27-33 LSB “Thus they recounted to him and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.28 Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.29 Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan.”30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we are surely able to overcome it.”31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land, which we have passed through to spy out on, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Notice how the negative report overtook their belief in the promise of God. Even when Caleb stood in faith, the people took hold of negative information, and those people died in the wilderness. Some may poke fun at “name-it and claim-it,” but there is a biblical principle in the power of the words we speak. I’ll tell you why people can claim and not get it because they are claiming selfish things for selfish reasons. God blesses kingdom-minded individuals, not greedy hearts and bloated bellies. Every truth of God has a counterfeit that blows it out of proportion. My advice is to get your faith from what the Word of God says, not what men say God doesn’t do.

Summer months tend to be very dry, we get bored, and when boredom sets in, the enemy snares us. Think about it, Israel just saw God do amazing things, yet they still built a golden calf. So guard your heart and watch your worship! We may not have wooden and golden idols today, but how addicted are you to your phone? Do you quit praying when it dings? Do you wonder about Instagram when you’re reading your Bible? Do you want your pastor to hurry up because the game starts at 12:30? You get the point. We all have idols of our own making; tear them down this month. Dedicate yourself to worship and the Word during the summer months. 

Disobedience delayed Israel’s promise. The next generation was snared at Ai because someone took the dedicated things. So watch what you bring into your life and what you are withholding. This month can be full of blessings, even amid hardship, if you keep your eyes on Jesus and stay in an attitude of worship.

“My son, pay attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.21 Do not let them deviate from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart.22 For they are life to those who find them And healing to all his flesh.23 Guard your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.24 Put away from you a perverse mouth And put devious lips far from you.25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And even let your eyelids be fixed straight in front of you.26 Watch the track of your feet And all your ways will be established.27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”

Proverbs 4:20-27 LSB

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