A Stop Sign

Whether it is in the front of your mind or the back we often carry around with us a “stop sign” which we expect to show up when it is needed.  The problem is that we often don’t pay attention to the things that our conscience tells us to do or not to do.  I wonder why that is.  Are we born with a desire for disobedience.  It would appear so for we all know that Eve couldn’t resist the forbidden apple – And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13).  In today’s world we have many who try to push the limit and most of the time we know it, but just do it anyway.  It’s almost like we were created to break rules, but we know that was never God’s intention.  Maybe it’s because we can never appreciate true liberty until we have experienced the consequences of wrong behavior.

God told Adam Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life (3:17).  That does sound like a tremendous punishment for a simple sin.  Has being able to have a Bible in our hands and actually reading it and taking it to heart made a difference in the lives of the people in our day?  While it is true that many in this world have never held their own Bible to many of those who have it is just another book.

Is there a way to stop the roller coaster ride so many seem to be taking?  Most of us who stop at stop signs do it because if we don’t we might get a ticket and then it will take money out of our pockets that we could spend on something we really want.  Did God design mankind with a desire to push the button just so they could learn and truly understand the value of obedience to a wise and loving Father?

There are so many things in this world that we take for granted, some are blessings and some are not; there are some things that we can change and some that defy any hint of being flexible.  Is there really a good solid answer to our blindness; our resistance to see and value life’s stop signs?

The unknown author of Hebrews tells us that though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered, and having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (5:8-9).  I think there are times when we feel like throwing obedience out the door; we want to learn from our own experience because after all that is more relevant to our particular situation.  While I can conceive of something that affects us as being more relevant we would be in a huge mess if we couldn’t learn some things from another’s experience; sticking your finger in an electric socket to make sure the line is not dead is an easy way to achieve pain. 

We have to hope that life will not only present us with the lessons that we need to learn but that we will be wise enough to take them to heart and move forward.  There is a greater future ahead of us than we can imagine and I, for one, want to see and enjoy it.  One of these days we may look up and all our questions will be answered.  This will be the only time in our lives when we can justifiably follow our hearts and run our race ignoring the stop signs.

He’s coming on the clouds, kings and kingdoms will bow down
As broken hearts declare His praise.
Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah;
He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles
And everyone will bow before Him;
For who can stop the Lord Almighty.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA