Be Still Know
Psalm 33:4 NLT
‘For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.’
There are many slippery paths that intrigue me, any one of them leading me away from my first love for God. Throughout life, temptation issues its flashy invitations to each one of us. Yet we have sufficient resources to resist; the only question is, do we have the desire and therefore the will to do so?
Entering into marriage again following Katey’s death, the question arose as to the extent this fresh marriage to Jayne was a continuation of a state of life I’d enjoyed, albeit with another woman, for 30 years – or was this a fresh start? The thought of starting from scratch exhausted me.
Yet, in every way this was fresh. I knew Jayne’s many strengths and I also knew those aspects that made me nervous. Of course, the same was true in reverse. It was as we both chose to invest in the best of what we saw in each other, while exercising the courage to challenge our darker character flaws, that birthed the basis for a relationship.
God sees the possibilities in each one of us as we see the fullness of life in God. However, he will challenge the fractures in our lives. We may take exception to God’s invitation to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, complaining that it was all right for him, since he had the advantage of being both God and man. We only have our mortality, yet, God reminds us, a mortality filled with the divine spark who is the spirit and full member of the divine Trinity.
I had the capacity to live out a godly life as completely as I had the capacity to build a fulfilling marriage. It all comes down to the choices I make and the humility I choose to embrace.
QUESTION: Is it your commitment to model a life characterised by righteousness and truthfulness?
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, fill me anew today and lead me on paths of righteousness.