We are not called to frolic in the guestimations of the world regarding the Holiness of God. We are called to join with Him in implementing His will among men. While men make guesses regarding end times, the “Way”, the nature of Jesus’ salvation and glorification, God remains steady and sure. He does not shift or change according to the limited understanding of man’s wicked contrivings regarding Holy. God is. And it is enough for us to live by the faith He gives each one of us.
Cease your constant wandering and rest. It is God who works His will in His people. Do not be swayed by all kinds of foolish words with which man builds his kingdoms. They speculate about what is true. It is God’s domain to KNOW what is true. The one who follows Jesus will lay aside all this foolishness and pick up what is absolute. God is willing to share wisdom to anyone who will ask. And He will share this vast resource without judgment of any man’s history or bend toward wickedness. Only, let us not give in to believing all the short sighted superstitions the world begs us to endure. Hold firmly to Jesus and the truth He reveals.
Let those who will chase after vain knowledge; knowledge that is puffed up by the mind and wicked heart of man. It is not the lot of Christians to cave to the foolish of the world around them who do not know the Lord of Glory.
I watched helpless yesterday, as three dogs killed a deer on the other side of the rushing water. No sticks to throw. No voice loud enough to drive them off. No stones on the muddy bank to throw. No gun. And, in the end, there was no hope for the deer as she thrashed bellowing like a bear. In a short time she would be no more. And by the time I had arrived her legs had become useless. Nothing I could have done would change her situation. I ponder her fate. How horrible to end her graceful life at the teeth of such ravaging.
Now I ponder my own future when I too will encounter my last moments. As all men will do. Will I have lived for the Glory of He who never dies again? What pain He endured at the hands of hateful men. And He did it for us all. Will I embrace my certain time as He?
This Deer might have been food on the table of a hunter. If the circumstances of her death were different. And yet, look. How has her death become a testimony for all of us. Without her terror, this post would never had become. Now we are left with a ponderous task. Shall we pitty her and forget her in a moment as we go about our day’s tasks? Or will we allow that her death impact us toward God’s throne. May the Lord allow that her testimony of life entering death become a reminder to us that we too are bound for the same place. And yet we are man, we are not animal. We make choices. She could not but obey. And what is there in your life which the Lord might use to wake you from slumber? Surely there are more testimonies regarding death. This whole world yells out the message of God: “I made you that you might seek My face. Look around you and listen to what is before you. You will soon come to Me and receive the reward of your life. What do you say regarding My Son?”
Lord, give me strength to see Your way. I wish to do Your Holy will for the sake of Your Holy name. Glorify Yourself in this man. My time is surely coming. And I, like all men, have never been to that place. We are like grass in our way. And You have determined the end of our days here. This is a place of testing. May I move through this place with the power of Your Glorious hand. May Your Will be done forever.
What have we learned? Jesus, even Jesus desired that the cup of trial might be taken from Him. Yet what did He say? “Yet, not my will but Yours be done”. What have we learned? Even Paul the Apostle said that he had learned to give thanks, praise, and glory to God during every situation. And that he had even learned to be content in times of trouble. And we read that Paul had encountered many seriously threatening situations for the name of Jesus. What have we learned?
Are you floundering in troubles that you can’t fix and do not understand? Get up and get on your knees before the Most High God. What have we learned? What was Job’s response to terror and loss? He praised God as the One who had every right to take what He had given. What have we learned?
Have we learned to do these things? Or are we still only going to nod yes to the words we read. Many read about the appropriate response to troubles. But when it comes their turn, they revert to selfish sorrow. We are not called to be victims. We are called to be warriors in God’s army. When a soldier goes in to battle he doesn’t consider himself a victim. Nor should God’s people consider themselves slaughtered. That soldier will swing his sword till there is no strength left, for that is what he is called and trained to do. God’s people also should perform as a Holy family when they are called upon to lift their heads in suffering.
To have learned something is to be able and willing to do it. Reading about it and looking back over the history of others will do you no good if you can’t find that same strength now. Look, if you are having troubles praising God in your plight, at least give God the Glory He deserves. Soon you will find the strength to stand in this battle you’ve been sent to encounter. His promise is that He will lift you up. Look to Him and give Him praise.
When Jesus makes you into a new man or woman, it is a true transformation. No religion can do what He does with just the touch of His hand. “Behold.”, He says softly, “All things are become new”. Slowly, we realize something has changed. And step by step He leads us into true righteousness and holiness. Though we are able to stifle His work, the promise remains for all who receive His gift of eternal life.
What men see in you will not be what you see. To them, you’re just a fool who thinks he’s better than everyone else. You’ll begin to speak of heaven far more than your friends. You’ll begin to revere the name of Jesus, which they take as a curse word. Those who knew the old you will hide from you. They will cast you away as if you were yesterday’s garbage. But you know better. See, the Kingdom of Heaven has come upon you.
Now, if this is your case, why do you doubt? Don’t let the blind tell you that you can’t see. You know better than that. They will accuse, for that is what your old father (and their present daddy) has done from eternity. Don’t be dismayed. You are a new creation.