July 28, 2015

Proverbs 10:29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous,but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

It’s all in how you approach it, that is to say, your attitude. This brings to mind Psalm 118:22-23, which Jesus Himself quoted about Himself in Matthew 21:42. “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” Paul and Peter both quoted Isaiah 8:14, that speaks of Christ as a sanctuary for those who turn to Him but a stone of stumbling for those who reject Him. Again Paul says, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) There are doubtless other examples in Scripture, but I think that gets the point across: rebellion against God brings loss, it brings destruction, but wholehearted submission to God brings life and joy and peace. Going back to this verse in Proverbs, “The way of the Lord” has to be traveled for it to get us anywhere. Some people just want to sit by the side of the road and let everything come to them, but that literally gets them nowhere. We are to be active in our obedience, but careful not to run off on a tangent. Thinking about this, my mind is overwhelmed with examples, from Scripture and otherwise, of things like “taking the high road.” In Western culture at least we know this as abstract truth, but the big question is whether we apply it, and the evidence is that all too often we do not. It’s not really in knowing what is right, it’s in doing what is right.

Thinking about the road I’ve traveled to this point, I see a lot of detours! However, God in His mercy has brought me back to His way time and time again, and I am deeply grateful. Now, I seek to point others to the Way. I think it’s significant that before they were called Christians, the early believers were called “People of the Way.” That’s a very good name! I can’t force anyone to join me on God’s road, but I can let them see me as I walk it and let them know it’s there. Sadly, many people don’t seem to think they can join me, either because they aren’t qualified or because they are sure they’d wander off it. I need to help them understand that none of us are qualified, apart from God’s grace, and that same grace and mercy will enable us to stay on the road. It is indeed a fortress for all who will choose to follow it, but destruction for those who insist on leaving it.

Father, thank You again for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for not giving up on me, for drawing me back again and again. Help me be effective in sharing the good news of that grace and mercy to all, so that many may repent, believe, and be saved, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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