Friday, 12 February 2016

Gravity Determines Destiny

Proverbs 20:24 Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?

      Someone said, "Rain doesn’t fall, it is pulled to the ground by gravity."
      Who is pulling you toward your eternal destiny? Are you easily drawn away from the guidance of the Lord by every wind of doctrine because of immature choices in life? Eph. 4:14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray. God created us with eternity in our hearts and through Christ set us on a righteous path to follow during our lifetime. 
      Maybe this is a rigid example, but in the same way a planet remains in their orbital track and movement around the sun, we too have a similar course to follow. The laws of gravity keep the planets from crashing into other planets and keep them from heading toward the sun resulting in a final burn out. 
      What or who has a gravitational pull on your mind, soul, and body? In your relationship with the Lord, are you allowing God to direct your life's orbit around and through Jesus Christ the Lord? So many people have chosen their own orbital way and have crash-landed with great harm to themselves and others.
      In the book of Judges chapter, 14 to 16 is the story of Samson. As I read this story the thoughts of carnal minded behavior seemed rampant as Samson went along with whatever felt good at the time. If God seemed to be the right choice, he went along with God. If girls and crazy living was the event of the day, he went along with that. Samson did not seem to have any sense of direction he could follow except his own brute strength for the momentary problems at hand. 
      I do realize that in this age of sword wielding justice, talk was most likely the last resort, and true, the spirit of the Lord came upon Samson in order to judge the Philistines because that was Samson's call. However, it seemed everything Samson did always came down to slash and burn then deal with the consequences later. His reckless behavior got him into a place of vulnerability and it cost him his eyesight. Judges 16:21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.
      Eventually throughout life, there is always a cost to blatant disregard for the instructions of the Lord. In Samson's case, he revealed the secret of his strength while his guard was down. Samson was no pushover. He was mighty but had assumed he would always be on track with God regardless of what he said or did. 

      Thank God for the Lord's mercy because Samson repented and was used one more time to bring the judgment of God upon the Philistines. Judges 16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. 
      When we stop moving within the gravitational laws, so to speak, that God has put within our lives, we can end up sightless in a worldly prison of our own doing just like Samson. We can end up weak, bitter, and without spiritual sight within the harshness and results of our choices. Many think freedom is doing whatever a person wants without regard for anything or anyone. The laws of life are not like that nor are the instructions of the Lord. 
      There is a spiritual orbit to life and the gravity of God's ways keep us on track. Is a train free if it runs off the tracks? No, it needs the alignment of the rails to allow it to pull tonnage beyond belief and move smoothly with all that weight. Is a kite free without the strength of the cord connecting it to the hand of the handler? No, the kite needs to be tied to a strong connected cord so that the kite can be maneuvered beautifully in the high pressured winds it finds itself freely flying in. 
      If the train and kite could talk, they would say plainly, their joy comes because of obeying the boundaries of grace that help them fulfill their purpose. Well, saints, the joy of the Lord and our connection to Him is our strength. The Lord gives us the ability to stay within the gravity of God's pull on our lives. Neh. 8:10b For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Therefore, we freely orbit the Son of God and become truly free. Free indeed. John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. 
      Psalm 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visit him? We are the beloved of God, that is who we are. How can so great a God want our love and friendship? Sometimes I think I know but all I can say is, "Wow, what a good God we serve." In Him, we have our destiny. Keep us Lord in the orbit of your love at all times. Amen!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Norm! I like the comment about rain not falling but being drawn down by gravity. The same language is used of the Holy Spirit 'falling'. Is it possible that He too is drawn down and attracted to the gravitational pull of a hungry heart?

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  2. I really loved this blog post - it is funny how so many people think that freedom is the ability to pursue and secure any worldly desire, when it is nothing but prison and death. I love your “truly free indeed”, because as we stop living and pursuing like the world, and only look to Him, the sense of true peace and freedom is staggering. I have been really focusing on “getting caught up in God” instead of “getting caught up in things” in this last while, and this blog was so perfect.

    Thank you, Norm. You make such a difference :)

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    1. Thank you miss Jasmine.
      You make a difference too. Love you in Him who first loved us.

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