All Other Ground?

We human beings are a stubborn lot; we have to test for ourselves before we will believe.  Did our all-knowing God make us that way for a reason?  Was He desirous of something more than just a good guess?  Is that why He planted inside each of us the small, but very important seed of faith? It is surely true that we were not created all-knowing and faith does test the limits of our human understanding.

Fortunately, we don’t have a myriad of things to try before we make the biggest decision of our lives; there are only two choices – we believe or we don’t.  If you are watching a wrestling sport, you may pick a winner and holler encouraging words to him hoping to be able to pat yourself on the back because you knew a winner when you saw one.  How does that work for us when we have only one choice and on that one choice hinges our eternal life?

In the days when Jesus walked this earth His disciples learned what they needed to know from watching what Jesus actually did as well as what He said.  Today we have only a big book which often lies on a shelf and our imperfect minds.  How do we know which road to take?  Folks, this is when we have to rely on the Spirit that God left us for that purpose.  Fortunately, there is no long waiting line; He is always available to answer any question if we will only tune Him in and listening to Him is never a mistake.

We might be inclined to say in today’s world there are only two choices so we should be able to pick the right one, even if we are only mildly smart.  The problem with that is that with all our growth and knowledge we have managed to give ourselves more options that must be eliminated before we uncover the only important one.  It is simple and not simple all at the same time.  First we have to remove all the garbage that we have shoved in the area surrounding our heart and allow our hearts the room in which to grow as God intended.  That probably means that we will have to ask ourselves lots of questions, the same things we might ask as we try to clean out a storage closet that we would rather not tackle because it is just too difficult; we might have to throw away things we don’t want to throw away – things we have come to love and treasure.  At some point in your life, depending on your family and your personal growth, there are things you have come to cherish which are not necessarily bad things.  Can’t you keep at least a few of these?  I can’t answer that question for you, it is one you will have to take to the Lord.  I can tell you that a woman by the name of Mary Servoss wrote a hymn in 1878, entitled “He Will Hide Me”.  In that hymn she wrote – When the storms of life are raging, tempests wild on sea and land, I will seek a place of refuge in the shadow of God’s hand.  Her experience as yours will guide you if you remain open to the lessons life will put in front of you.

The words of Moses, given on the plains of Moab, shortly before his death, should be the daily guidance for our lives today, in this time and this place –  Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).  Then you might follow them up with the message given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 thru 8).

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All other ground is sinking sand.