July 22, 2011

If you have a little faith and something happens that seems as though God is not protecting you, then think about what might have happened and you might see that though you may suffer some God has allowed the best thing in the circumstances.

Let me explain my recent small disaster and after some thought, how I understand it.

I do not often tell anyone my age. It surprises them and the younger men always think of me differently. God has blessed me with the health and look of a person half my age and that is how they perceive me.

I walk about six miles a day, but one of my rules is not to walk in the neighborhood after dark. It is not real dangerous, but the world is not what it was when I was young.

This morning I violated that rule. I started just before dawn and I thought it would get light quickly; and it did. However, a teen-age boy, coming from behind, rode past me and grabbed my favorite hat. At first I thought he just knocked it off my head and I yelled, “Good shot” after him, because I played pranks when I was young and I like a good joke, even when I am the butt of it.

Then I looked around for it and realized that he didn’t knock it off my head, but he stole it off my head. By then he was about a half a block from me. Well, in my mind I grew another two feet and became twenty years old again.

I started to run after him. Now I can still run about as good as I ever could, which isn’t all that fast, but I was gaining on him. My plan, if you would call it that, was to knock him off his bike and retrieve my hat.

I knew that I was not gaining fast enough to reach him before I ran out of wind, so I put that extra effort into it. Well, I am not twenty and I have not tried to run at top speed for quite some time.

I pulled the muscle in the back of my left leg and that threw my gate off a bit, which resulted in a loss of balance, and that resulted in a fall. I skinned both knees and both hands. That also ended my walk for the day.

After I took care of my wounds, I thought about what happened and I see that God was indeed watching over me!

First, God didn’t give me this health to enable me to knock teen-agers off their bikes. I would not want to be knocked off a bike and the Second Royal Law states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, so it would have been wrong to knock him off the bike, even though he stole my hat.

Then, if I had succeeded, there would have been a fight between a small and very winded seventy one year old man and a fresh teenager. Now that I am calmed down, I can picture the result and that is even if the young man didn’t have a weapon. I am no champion when it comes to fighting, even when I am fresh.

Therefore, I can see that God was truly protecting me. I thank him every time I get up, walk, or climb steps, because the pain reminds me of His love.

Truth is, the hat was old and worn out and not worth anything that happened as a result of the theft. God has blessed me with enough wealth to buy a new hat. Then I can make it look old. The only thing I am sorry for is “I DON’T HAVE LICE”!


July 18, 2011

Recently, while attending a Bible study, second Thessalonians 2:11 was brought up and it created a spirited exchange of ideas. Some might call it argument, but I think of it as spirited. I like spirited exchanges, because those who engage, whether right or wrong, really care about what God is trying to convey to us.

(2 Th 2:11 NIV)  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

One person, believing they know God pretty well said God would not do such a thing, but Scripture says He will. That perception of God seems to be the common one that one finds in church. It is said that God loves everyone, but the truth, as I understand it, is God loves those that love Him. Now, if someone that does not love God would come to their senses and begin to love the truth, then God would love them and save them, as a result of His love.

Anyway, the discussion caused me to think about delusions and illusions. Both are words for an erroneous concept or belief, but a delusion is a false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence.

(2 Th 2:9-12 NIV)  The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

I thought to myself, “there are many that are perishing now, so is the delusion in the world now?” Then God began to answer me and show me, not just one delusion, but many. Please, don’t think that I mean God spoke to me audibly. God speaks to me the same way He speaks to all that have been baptized into Christ: through our thoughts.

He pointed out that money is a delusion. The world believes money is the answer for everything and of course it is not. Almost everyone, even many believers, think money will make one happy and if they had a lot, they could change the world, but even believing one can change the world is a delusion. Is a church that believes they need money, to further the cause, attempting to serve both money and God?

Insurance is a delusion, it is a business and a business must serve money first. If an insurance company can find a reason not to pay a claim it is good business to do so. Those who put their trust in insurance trust a business that looks for ways not to pay!

Democracy is a delusion. No one, except God, is qualified to lead, because no one, except God, knows the future. A decision that is made without knowing the future is akin to throwing dice, even if that decision came from the most intelligent person in the world.

At this time we have a government that is arguing over money. Arguing over a delusion! A politician must lie in order to be elected. The politician that would say “I can only try to govern rightly” would never be elected. They must say that they will do something, but no one can “guarantee” they can do anything. If you put your trust in a politician, you are trusting someone that lied to get the job. Great start to serving the people, isn’t it?

Even the medical profession is a delusion! It doesn’t matter how long we live on this earth. The bottom line is that we are all going to leave: no matter what. It is fashionable to say “Save a life”, but it is not a true statement: “prolong a live” might be true, but even then I have seen life prolonged when it was useless to do so.

I reached the conclusion that only God is not an illusion. Everyone is free to put their trust in anything, and they do, but as for me, as best that I can, I will trust only God.

I have to laugh I do that more and more as I understand more: you have just read a post from an illusion! Don’t put your trust in children (Mathew 11:25) and I am becoming more and more like a child (Mathew 18:3).

Do not put your trust in this child or what he says. Only trust in God.