Imagine me handing the keys to my truck over to my son, saying, "Be safe." He leaves, and just a little ways down the road, he gets stuck in the mud. He calls out to me, and I go. I use my vehicle to pull him out, so that he can continue on his way. Later on, in his travels, he calls out again, and I go. He's stuck in the mud again. This time, after pulling him out, I give clear instruction and direction on how to avoid this in his future. It's simple. The mud is always off to the sides of the road. Stay on the road, son! The road is wisdom and truth. It will take you far in life.
Unfortunately, it happens again and again. Now, I'm reaching out to people with whom I have favor, living in the areas closer to him than I, to assist my knuckle-head. These folks never hesitate to help or to even go as far as feed him, get him gas, and provide shelter; not because of him, but because of their relationship with me. They know me, my heart. Does this not sound familiar, to those of you who've studied or understand the cycle of sin and salvation. We stray into sin, we find ourselves stuck or oppressed, we cry out to God, and God saves us and restores us........and we do it all over again. This has been evident of mankind for centuries, well before us and our orchestrated testimonies. It's human nature, but God wants us to operate in a greater nature; His.
We are all familiar with that annual, semi-annual, quarterly, bi-monthly, monthly, and even weekly testifier of this repeated cycle, in our churches. There is never anything new of which they testify, in terms of growth and lessons learned. God keeps pulling them out of the exact same trap, over and over. I, myself, have been there and done it. In such a way of living, we are like my son, spinning his wheels in the mud, going nowhere and growing in no way. I love giving God all the praise and glory, I truly do, but something in me says that He's grieved by my lack of growth, my lack of applying His wisdom to my life. Not only that, but there may be a person, a people, a family or community whom He intends to bless through me, waiting a little further down the road. If that is what's meant for me, then I can't keep delaying in these self-imposed trials, plotting my next praise report, testimony, or shout.
Praise is praise and testimonies are testimonies, but I think I'd like to see or hear more testimonies of how God has kept us out of the mud and in our proper lanes of life travel. What good does a repeated past and it's related testimonies do for the ones, patiently awaiting you in your future. God tells us, "Hey, that's a rettlesnake!" as soon as we hear the rattle or maybe a little before. THAT is the point where we should keep it moving, and thank God, and praise God! Yet, there are many of us whose legs and hands are riddled with fang marks. One day, that damn rattlesnake is going to kill you!! It won't be because God let you down, but because you've gone so deep into a place of darkness, where none of His people dwell or exist. Those who have ears, let them hear.......
"Knowledge is power.......ignorance is a choice" is a quote I saw on a friend's page this morning on Facebook.
Bryan Hollomon Williams