July 12th, 2017
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” -PSALM 37:23, 24
Under the menu of the Armstrong International webpage, there is a heading entitled “CULTURE”, and under this heading you will find “Faith-based” and “Storytelling”.
Our company proudly proclaims “God first. Family second. Job third. (in that order). It is here I would like to camp out for a few moments.
“God first.” Oh, how I love hearing those words. But, those words strike at the heart of a question I must face and ask myself every day. It is not that I do in fact put God first in everything I do, but the question is how many times do I actually accomplish this challenge? In truth, I miss the mark often.
To put God first is a process that goes totally against my flesh. There is a war going on here between the spirit and the flesh. Both desire to lead us in the choices of our lives. Often, either in our thinking or our actions, we find ourselves in the desert of despair knowing we have traveled a road where we were not led by God, but led by a fleshly desire or thought.
The apostle Paul faced the same issues of spiritual warfare when he wrote: “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but that I hate, that I do.”
I think if we are to be perfectly honest, we have all experienced this and probably are right in the middle of that dilemma at this very moment? And like Paul, we have been challenged with the truth he stated, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God … through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (I added the 3 dots to emphasize that the answer is in Christ alone).
The author C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, The Great Divorce, “Evil can be undone, but it can- not ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, ‘with backward mutters of dissevering power’ –or else not.”
In this process of putting God first, or attempting to do so, I think my entire life will be moving forward towards God and away from sin as fast as I can. The evil cannot be undone, but God can forgive it, remove it, and cover it with His love. And bit by bit, God unwinds the fallen heart and soul of us with His ‘dissevering power’.
It is then that we can begin to follow the steps ordered by God which brings delight to our Heavenly Father and His Son.