Archive for September, 2015

Kim Davis

September 8, 2015

Many have said much about Kim Davis.  However, I think Dr. Martin Luther King best stated Davis’ situation:

“Some of our critics complain that our non-violent method fosters disrespect for the law and encourages ‘lawlessness.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Civil disobedience concludes that the non-violent resistor in the face of unjust and/or immoral law cannot in all good conscience obey that law. His decision to break that law and willingly pay the penalty evidences the highest respect for the law. … Thus it is, when the non-violent resistor refuses to cooperate with a law that is out of harmony with the laws of God and the laws of morality, he must break the law—but in so doing, he practices civil disobedience and accepts the penalty, thereby practicing moral obedience and transforms the jail into a haven of liberty and freedom.”

I can’t add anything to this.

Wealth

September 2, 2015

“For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied, that is the time to watch out that you don’t become proud and forget the Lord your God”  Deuteronomy 8:12-14.

While most people think becoming wealthy is a dream that should bring happiness, reality is that wealth brings pride, arrogance and many distractions from what really matters.  I used to tell my starstruck children “If wealth and fame brought happiness, why are so many in Hollywood living such desperate lives?”   Wealth is a great temptation.  Wealthy people begin to feel that their wealth is a sign of their personal success, their personal value, and their wealth not only makes them somehow better than others, but confers power.  It is addictive.  And that pride, as well as all the distractions materialism brings, take people away from a relationship with God, and good relationships even with their own families.  Deep down, they wonder if they aren’t loved for what they can give and not for themselves.  Probably the happiest rich people are those who see their wealth as God’s wealth, entrusted to them for the purpose of bringing about good in the lives of people and honoring God with wealth’s use.  In other words, wealth has no worth till its used.  Whatever wealth we have or don’t have, every one of us has something to give.  Joy and closeness to God come when we honor Him by humbly giving as we sense He is directing us to do.

Does it Show?

September 2, 2015

“Moses didn’t realize as he came back down the mountain with the tablets that his face glowed from being in the presence of God.”  Exodus 34:29

Does our life show that we have been with God?  Something about us, something about our personality, our spirit, our love should be different when we have spent time with God.  Time with God isn’t just going through rote prayer or a litany of requests.  It should be about spending time with Him.  We can meditate on His words in scripture, or just be still before Him.  He gives us a new perspective and underlines what He has already taught us–what we already know.  He gives us peace, and direction.  “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  (James 1:5)  Wisdom, peace, love, all come from spending time with God, focused on Him.

Reflections upon a Twisting Creek

September 2, 2015

While hiking on a rather warm day, I came across a small creek.  I was in the foothills, it was August, and it had been a rather dry summer.  Seeing the water gurgling along, I couldn’t help but remember the words “streams of water in a dry and thirsty land.”  And I prayed “Lord make me a stream of water for someone who is dry and thirsty.”  I thought about that awhile, and remembered we don’t want people looking to us to relieve their thirst, we want them to look to the Lord.  And I thought some more:  “Lord, help me lead people to You, my Source.”  And I continued thinking.  How can I help someone find the Source unless I am close to Him myself.  “Lord, help me stay close to you, so I can be a lively, refreshing stream that reveals my Source.”  Finally, I noticed further down the stream there was a pool of water off to the side that had become stagnant.  Streams have to keep moving, and the more obstruction, the more turbulence, and the fresher they remain.  “Lord, thank you for the turbulent places in my life that keep me fresh–even if I’d prefer to be a peaceful pool.”     Lord, you promised that “Streams of living water shall proceed from from the inmost being of whomever believes in me.”  John 7:38  I believe in You.  Help me stay close to you and be that water bearer to those who thirst for You.