For as long as I can remember my Dad carried a toolbox...everywhere. It didn't matter where we went or what vehicle we were traveling in at the time, Dad had his toolbox. Because for my Dad, toolboxes were a necessity. You never knew when you might need one of those tools and it was better to have them on hand than to be caught in dire need and not a tool to be found!
Today as I was having a quiet time with the Lord, He reminded me of toolboxes and my need to equip myself with spiritual tools in these days of societal confusion and chaos. In fact, spiritual tools are more important today than my Dad's metal tools were in his daily life.
The weariness of listening to the increasing acts of violence in our society has me asking these questions and wondering; will this escalation of destructiveness ever find a solution? Will there be a brief moment in time when the appeasement of each soul is satisfied? Do we mistakenly believe our finite wisdom and knowledge can produce a solution for this ensuing madness? What can possibly be done to assist calming an entire nation of people who are using their words and actions in such a destructive manner?
Although our nation has totally turned its attention to political parties and are hanging not only their hats but placing every egg they can find in a basket of red or blue, our system of government or who sits in the White House isn’t the problem. We have drifted so far from our Creator God some don’t even realize it has happened. When did we become a people that doesn’t want to hear anything coming from the mouth of an elected official unless he or she is wearing the correct animal pin? Who should we be listening to? Well, if we have to ask, we certainly have wandered down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and Toto looking for a wizard of human proportions.
There were several instructions the Lord gave us in my favorite history/instructional manual that I live by as much as humanly possible. The first one was simply; “You shall have no other gods before Me."-Exodus 20:3 Then we are told in Matthew 22:37,38 “Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." There is no disconnect in those two statements taken from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. We are to love our Lord God with our entire being and charged with not placing anyone or anything above our worship of the One True God.
Then we look at the verses following Matthew 22:37-38, 39-40 instructs, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Why do you think these two commandments are so important? Is it perhaps if we place God first in our lives and begin loving our neighbor as ourselves, we might defuse the anger that is seeping through our society insisting we need to place ourselves above anyone or anything else? Are we deciding God hasn’t been heard from audibly for centuries and the Bible is antiquated so let’s juice as much out of life doing what’s good for us and forget about others? Is that why road rage occurs because why should I yield to anyone on the road when I’m in a hurry? Is that why someone aims at a Jewish synagogue and begins taking the lives of innocent people? Is that why a child is found wandering in the streets without proper clothing while those who are supposed to love him are not found and once their habitat is discovered the smell of feces is unbearable? Are we loving as God instructed us to love?
As Christians, believers in Jesus Christ, we are to continue keeping His commands. We are to demonstrate to this fallen world that love does abound regardless of how far off the path one has strayed. There is no one beyond the love of God. Whether you believe it or not, God sent Jesus into the world to be the perfect sacrificial Lamb. The blood of Jesus was shed on that rugged cross, His life given in death, and resurrected so that we might have an eternal presence with Him.
My faith, my belief in Jesus and my instruction book, the Bible are the tools in my toolbox. I pray that if you don’t know Jesus you give your life to Him. Start placing the spiritual tools necessary to help others along the journey of life this side of heaven. We can’t perform this task of loving others without the spiritual fortitude of a Holy God. One day all the wrongs will be righted. One day all the unbelieving will stand with their eyes seeing, their ears hearing and their mouths unable to speak. But until then, Christian, keep loving Jesus and loving others. You will be blessed with the ability to continue to march on ‘til Jesus returns or calls us home.
(The situations listed above are actual events that have transpired. Please pray for all involved in these serious situations. Thank you and may God bless)
After a very busy week I took time out to hit my favorite trail in Peters Township (which is also a quick walk from my front door) and spend a few moments breathing in fresh air and simply listening to nature. Most of my walks I have my Christian tunes blasting in my ears, but this particular day I decided to just walk and have some "focused listening" as I impressed upon my ladies during a retreat this past weekend. After all, if you suggest it, you'd should put it into action!
Now before I continue I want to comment I have never heard the audible voice of God thundering from the sky. More times than not it's the blessing of something I have always enjoyed like a gentle tug on my heart reminding me how blessed I am; the sweet fragrance of a favorite flower, or maybe a bird's familiar song that fills my heart with contentment and peace. I'm of the opinion God speaks to us in numerous ways. He is our Creator, the Maker of Heaven and earth and He has placed on display beautiful colors, smells and tastes for our enjoyment. So, what are you waiting for? Come and walk with me....ENJOY!