Shall be a heap

Read this today during the daily devotion. I’m once again reminded, without God, all things are impossible.
Does that mean a person may probably have a drastic change in life when one puts his life and commitment now from the world to Christ? Paul Washer said in his shocking sermon “If you have a new relationship with Jesus, you must have a new relationship with sin, that is of hatred”

However, the tricky part here is when does something which is of so good natured become evil? It the most simplistic view, when it takes your time away from God. Then we say, our children will be evil, since it requires 24×7 attention, that will be calling God’s gifts of children to us evil. We are elevating God gifts to us above the giver. How about my job? It makes me feel conscious stricken when I’m not there in the evening everyday. My job requires me to be avail in the morning and in the night.

Then we’d ask, are you Mary or Martha? The Mary who will stop and listen to Jesus, or Martha, although she love Jesus, but is so filled with care and concern of the guests (world), so busy serving them and have no time for Jesus? Was Mary guilty stricken? I do not think so. To her, it was Jesus first, everything else later.
So does that means I can be of the same? Jesus first, and everything else later? Will I not be portraying a bad testimony to my fellow colleagues? For not being there? Oh! The conflict of interests.

For the bad testimony part, I was actually looking for another verse which mentions about not doing something which is alright, but yet cause another brethren to trip. However, I felt I was led to this verse instead “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.” Romans 14:5-6

This is so exactly in my current situation! Just as the word I used earlier guilty is a conscience response.

Excerpt from Enduringword
a. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike: By bringing in the aspect of observing certain days, Paul lets us know that he is talking more about principles than specific issues. What he says has application to more than just eating meat.

b. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind: In such issues, Paul is willing to leave it up to the conscience of the individual. But whatever we do, we must be able to do it to the Lord, not using “conscience” as an excuse for obviously sinful behavior.

Then the question begs, what if in being right with God may cause the family to have less than before?
The question will then lead back to the 1st question, are you elevating your own family needs above God?
Do you not trust God who had provided before, to provide again?
Do you not want to now experience the power of God of providence?
Do you not want to get out of that guilt trip so that you can better serve God, Family and all?

Which also leads to this morning devotion text from Isa 17.
“thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength…”
No, I have not forgotten, and I know Lord God almighty is the rock of my strength.

Help me Lord, convict me of your choice for me.

Isaiah 17:10–11
“Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.”

HOW many among us might be addressed in these solemn words! Many are planting pleasant plants, which they hope will one day be beautiful in appearance; whilst from the slips they hope to rear fruit trees. One man is planting his schemes for making a fortune; another is setting slips that should bring him success and renown; yet another is busy in creating a political or religious movement that is intended to benefit mankind. The workers in the village allotment gardens in the early spring are an apt illustration of what politicians, company-mongers, and society-leaders, are attempting in other spheres.

But of what avail are all our preparations, so long as we forget the God of our salvation and are unmindful of the Rock of our strength? We shall never garner the harvest without His help and blessing. The day of grief and desperate sorrow will inevitably visit us, and sweep away all the results of our toils. The co-operation and blessing of God, sought in answer to prayer, cannot be left out of our calculations, if we are to win lasting success.

And is not the reverse also true? Supposing that we remember the God of our salvation, and are ever mindful of the Rock of our strength: may we not infer that our pleasant plants will root themselves, and our slips bear fruit in the coming years to the glory and praise of God, and for the blessing of thirsty wayfarers? “These simple teachings of farm and field knock continually at the doors of our own blessedness, with intent that we may enter therein, and find our home in the will of God, and our permanent lodging under the shadow of the Almighty.”


~ by ymsim on 2010/08/13.

One Response to “Shall be a heap”

  1. All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. Eat anything that is sold in the meat market, without asking questions for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the Lord’s, and ALL IT CONTAINS. If one of the unbelievers invites you, and you wish to go, eat anything that is set before you, without asking questions for conscience’ sake. But if anyone should say to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks? Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved. — 1 Corinthians 10:23-33, New American Standard Version

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