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Thursday, April 16, 2020

When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, YOU have taught me to say, it is well it is well with my soul. Horatio Spafford, circa mid1800s. This must be the cry of the christian, 'whatever' my lot, it is well with my soul...but

Covid19 has taught few anything of value. Millions continue to scratch and claw, growl and complain, bicker and fight, argue and accuse. Medical personnel instructed to lie to cheat, America shut down, the constitution set aside, churches closed, congregations fined should they decide to "disobey,"  chaos ensues and economic disaster quietly lurks in the shadows. What can be said that has not been said before? What will awaken the slumbering to the lateness of the hour?

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched...Written to fearful, faithless Israel, but all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 

Two roads lie ahead making our journey through life challenging; we face obstacles, detours, setbacks, difficulties, disappointments and loss and still two roads remain. Appearing the same, a rough patch here, a pothole there yet still two roads remain. Both have twists and turns, both have tree lined pathways, flower gardens and trash. To the natural eye both roads appear identical, but are they? As we continue our journey we begin to notice a slight difference between the two. Our choices have consequences, they affect others as well as ourselves, they begin to cause family problems, creating health issues we race to find a solution; a problem a pill, a disease a drink, a calamity a crutch. The difference between the two roads can no longer be ignored; questions and fear demand our attention, demanding an answer to the world of our 'Why'?

I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. So choose life, so that you and your descendants may live, and that you may love the LORD your God, obey Him, and hold fast to Him for He is your life. Love the LORD your God, walk in His ways, keep His commandments, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and increase, but if your heart turns away and you do not listen, but are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them....

the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Two roads; the wide road and the narrow. Two roads; life or death...which will it be?

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