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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wisdom is Costly Experience

Experience is only experience when it becomes history, an event is only an event after it has 'come to pass.'
Wisdom is never gained passively, it is actively incorporated into life when we are cognizant of it's processes.
There must be a coherent effect upon our personal knowledge (wisdom) in every experience. God waste nothing.

An excuse means that I have quit, I have exercised an option. Quitting is a temptation and unfortunately it is deemed an option in life. Quitting is an option only because in this culture and society there exists freedoms and choices. This is the broad based assumption of life, that if an option exists then opportunity exists within that given option. This is a world view, a secular opinion widely accepted as the norm. I have never heard of a Christian doctrine of quitting.

Is quitting really an option? As a Christian I have maintained and been taught that God always has Plan 'B'.

Under this assumption I conclude that if Plan 'A' fails, presumably because I quit, there is another option. Does God really have Plan 'B'? Or is Plan 'A' the only ultimate option? Can God fail at Plan 'A'?

I have begun to question this mindset. Quitting on an decision or choice, and this within the context of my Christian belief and acting upon my faith in God as Sovereign and His perfect love being active in all situations, I am beginning to view quitting as a blight on personal growth and experience, as well as, exhibiting a profound lack of faith in God. It may even be seen as sin, encapsulated in the condemnation given in 1 John 2:16, "For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world." The world is deceptive by offering in place of the painful effects of faithfulness, the plain, restrictive, purposeful tenets of Christian teaching acceptable options and credible excuses for turning from truth and faith.

Many people seem to struggle in their faith, constantly changing their positions, trying new formulas to experience God, to enhance their personal knowledge of God, exhibiting what God calls 'itching ears'.
2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up to themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, ..."

Matthew 7:1,6 "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with what measure you use, it will be measured back to you. ... Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."

It is a profound and disturbing statement to some to declare to them that only God will judge and all flesh will be answerable to Him only for their actions and decisions in this life.

There will exist no excuse even remotely plausible at the time of reckoning. Every excuse given in this life, no matter how dastardly or culpable another person or group may be in harming or inflicting pain in our lives, will be accepted as viable when judged by God. We have been called to a life of faith, unfortunately, how that translates into life has been widely and broadly left to interpretation. What of Plan 'A'? Can we implement Plan 'B'?

Now this may seem a very harsh 'jugdement' upon many people who have 'quit' ministries, churches, callings, pastorates, and marriages and have called themselves Christians.
It is harsh.
We will always give partiality to our own situation and make excuse and absolve ourselves from culpability.
This is human nature, it is our freedom, our option, our choice, our excuse.

Romans 2:1, "Therefore you have no excuse (you are inexcusable), O man, whoever you are to judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things." Rather a blatant condemnation of our freedom, our option, our choice, our excuse.

Matthew 7:3-5, "And why do look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye': and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Now the trick is to consider these verses within context of your personal life, the choices you have made, as one who has judged God, His Church, His people, His activities in your life, His actions and the directions He has given you, the situations He has placed you in, the opportunities He has put before you and the subsequent responses you have given Him for your actions. 

Have you quit on God? Have you made excuse for your actions? 

2 Samuel 12:5, "Then David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!"

I believe I must exercise greater prudence and faith when allowing myself to vacillate from any direction given to me from God.

"Thou art the man"

Isaiah 58:9, Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ' Here I am.'
If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, ..."

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