July 01 Day 184
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“There is but a step between me and death.” – 1 Sam 20:3
Ever Forgotten Where You Were?
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Sometimes in our busy and hurried world we can lose our way. I am reminded of a story about two painters that were employed to fresco the walls of a magnificent cathedral more than a century ago. Both stood on rude scaffolding constructed for the purpose, some distance from the floor.
One of the men was so intent upon his work, forgetting where he was, stepped back slowly, surveying critically the work of his brush, until he had neared the edge of the plank on which he stood. At that moment, his companion perceiving his friend’s danger, seized a wet brush and flung it against the wall, splattering the picture with unsightly blotches of color.
The painter flew forward, and lunged upon his friend with fierce anger, until he suddenly became aware of the danger he had just escaped. Then, with tears of gratitude, he blessed the hand that had saved him.
How often do we get so absorbed with the pictures of our world that we become unconscious of our own peril? We can get so caught up in our humanity and the pleasantries it has to offer, that we have no idea just how far we have veered from the path that God has planned for us. Often times without knowing it, we may be so very close to our own demise. It is then that God in His mercy often chooses to dash out “beautiful things”, and draw us; at the very time we are complaining of His dealings, into His outstretched arms of love.
God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what is best for us. He can see us at the edge of the plank, where we are blinded by the object that has captured our attention. God may use a friend to splatter our best-laid plans, but only for our own good. If we wouldn’t let our best friend fall to their death, why would we expect anything less from our Savior?
The Bible says that God’s mercies are new every day (Lam 3:22). God is merciful. His hands are there to catch us, to break our fall, and He will remove a stumbling block in our lives, even if it makes us angry for a moment. Because when all the dust has cleared, and the story has unfolded, it is often the prayers that God seemingly “ignored” that have often saved us from certain Spiritual death. Let us all pray that we might trust Him today in His infinite knowledge, and lean not on our own finite understanding. Maybe then, we could walk away from the edge that threatens to draw us away from the masterpiece that our Father is creating in each of us.
Words to Think About…
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Goethe (German Writer, Statesman) once said, after hearing a young minister said, “When I go to hear a preacher preach, I may not agree with what he says, but I want him to believe it.” Even a vacillating unbeliever has no respect for the man who lacks the courage to preach what he believes.
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An ancient city was besieged, and at length, obliged to the people in the city to surrender. In the city were two brothers, who had obliged the conquering general, and received permission to leave the city before it was set on fire, taking with them as much of their property as each could carry. The two youths appeared at the gates of the city, one of them carrying their father, and the other carrying their mother.