If all else fails ...
by Bettie Marlowe : Lifelines
May 30, 2014 | 452 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most things come with instructions or directions. Pick up a can of soup, a box of cake mix, a game or a toy, and somewhere on the package, you’ll find a list of rules you can use to make that particular product do what it’s intended to do.

Not that the directions are followed or even read — unless there’s a problem and you have to admit you needed the instructions all along. When all else fails ... read the directions. But that is so humiliating!

From the time we’re born, someone is directing us — training, teaching and guiding. We were born to serve the Lord. With the intelligence God gave us, knowledge is acquired, but that is not the stopping place. No matter how sharp a person’s mind is, all that “smarts” must be applied to life.

In James 3:13, he talks about wisdom and its importance. He’s not the first in the Bible — remember King Solomon? — but he states the premise in a most simple way: If you have it, it shows. Where: In the works that you do. A person is granted wisdom for a reason. It is for that one purpose — that we can serve and glorify the Lord.

The apostle says a truly wise person does not boast of his wisdom, but is meek and not self-seeking. A wise person is a peacemaker. He has peace with God — he is teachable. His only aim is to serve.

Not every time will the right direction yield the expected results — doing things God’s way is not a way of getting ahead in the world. That’s not why we obey the Lord. It’s because we understand that God’s laws are wise and they show us how to live life “at its best.”

“Ride the wave” may be the cry of the world, but “please God” is the motto of the Christian. The only safe course is to let God’s commandments direct us.

Psalm 199:116 reads, “Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” Tolerance of wrong is not commendable and there is nothing to be proud of in moral cowardice. The virtue is in loving people regardless of their situation — not in condoning their sins so they will be worthy of love. None of us is “worthy of love.”

In this day of tolerance and acceptance — this has nothing to do with love — of every evil, a person’s thoughts, attitudes and actions need to be subjected to the judgment of God, which will cause man to seek out the right path and stay on it no matter what. Which is better? Shall we offend God at the risk of offending man?

Paul in the Epistle to the Galatians said, “... do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men” for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

In the world today, there is confusion and chaos simply because the Word is not believed and God’s natural and spiritual laws are ignored and brushed aside with contempt. Man has a better idea, he thinks.

We cannot change God’s laws for mankind or the laws of nature. An apple will still fall from a tree, no matter how many times you might try to rewrite the law of gravity. And sin will still be sin, no matter how much it is tolerated, accepted or downplayed.

The answer? “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133).