January 5, 2020
I can please myself or I can please the Savior. Often these two platelets of thought and action collide, creating earthquakes in emotions, tremors in relationships, and damage to superficial unsteady beliefs. Everyone is going to arrive at crossroad decision moments. Do I stay or do I go? Should I sell it or keep it? Should I go right or left? We hesitate for fear of losing control. We avoid tough questions as they may reveal that too many steps already taken have been waywardly walked. We guess, when honest, soul searching, introspective prayer would make it simpler and plainer. But clarity is lost is stumbling stubbornness. We think we see it detailed and clear enough, so we journey ahead. We become like Lot of Genesis 13; we survey the land, we life what we see, we calculate the earthly possibilities of prosperity, but we forget to discernably hear what God thinks about it.
Lot chose the twin cities of future destruction because he had no sense of warning in him, only want. Eve proves the deceptive nature of desire, for she desired the forbidden fruit and then desired for her husband to participate in her discovery; afterward, the Lord told her that her desire would be for her husband. In other words, desire lost in the forbidden would be divinely adjusted to be submissive through faithfulness to her husband. Wrong desire get things out of order. And so, Lot, as Eve, saw something good (not godly) in Sodom and Gomorrah. He saw something that favored the legendary extinct Garden of Eden, but didn’t necessarily have the favor of God on it.
You see, you must have faith at the Faultline. You see, a fault is a “planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement as a result of rock=mass movement.” Or as Webster’s defines it, “a fracture in the crust of the earth accompanied by a displacement of one side of the fracture with respect to the other usually in a direction parallel to the fracture.” And with that in mind the fault line is a place where the fault can be seen or mapped on the surface.
Spiritually, fault lines deal with what is seen and heard from opposing sources. One being the Word; the other being the World. And we must have faith at the fault line. We must trust God to know what goes deeper than we can see; for instance, we can brag about our One God belief, but the Word states that the “devils also believe, and tremble.”So, you see, one can tremble and not have truth; one can shake with extreme fear of God and in the end not submit to His will. One can even be horrified by possible outcomes of what it means to reject God and still do nothing about it. So, don’t just be shaken; be changed. Don’t just be stirred by a convicting Word; let it transform your thinking; let it redirect your misguided path; let it counsel you away from the dangerous edge of…listen now.