The thought came to me about the things that cause us to stumble. I know I have a mind to think but I do not always follow the path I know is the right one. I cannot explain why I do things that I know I shouldn’t do. Unfortunately we cannot undo what was done, but we should at least learn from our wrongful deeds. If we can clearly see our faults we should be able to change what we know to be wrong? Obviously this leads me back to the Holy Scriptures because it covers a passage right out of the apostle Paul’s message to the Romans about the sin-nature that lives in us. Romans 7: 15-20.
Nonetheless to those who do not turn to scripture for guidance, just by using rational thinking one would know that there has to be a source that compels us to act as we do. In everything there is a cause and for every cause there are consequences. This reminds me of the tale of the two wolves as told by an elderly Cherokee brave. As the story goes…
One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. “My dear one, the battle between two ‘wolves’ is inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. It is: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
For me this explains our internal struggle between the forces that we fear the most rather than the ones we love most. Does fear compels us more than love? How could that be? God did not make the world through the substance of fear but instead through love. Even though fear is a very compelling force, we are bound by its power. We can turn to the One that has power over all things. Fear is from the power of evil and evil hates God. So if fear is the power that you feed the most it can only win here on earth. But if you belong to God then that dog can bark but he will only bite if God allows Him.
In the world of spirit it is easy to understand right from wrong but in the world of flesh it is not so clear-cut. Yes we can know things intellectually but if you were standing in the middle of a lion’s den looking at the teeth of a ferocious lion, what would you do? You would certainly be frightened out of your mind and succumb to fear. The flesh is weak and only knows what it fears. But the Spirit, ones belonging to God is driven by a higher power. Therefore we are to turn to the Lord to cover us in times of great need.
Old folks tales says that it is too late to start praying once the devil gets hold of you. I would be inclined to disagree with that statement. If the devil really grabbed hold of you that might be the only time some would actually pray to God because fear would compel them to do so. So if fear leads to God and fearing God is the beginning of knowledge, perhaps fear might be the only way some will turn to God. However, it is only the wake up call to let one know that the time for preparing in not when you are in the grasp of evil. But in all your ways seek God while He can be found. Your armor of protection would be useless if you refuse to acknowledge that you need to be protected.
This takes me back to the point of this essay, what is the force that ultimately controls you? Are you guided by the power of evil or the power of God? It’s the one that you feed the most that will show up when there are no other options. That is what really defines who and what you are. We can usually fool others around us and occasionally even fool ourselves, but when you are at your last option there is no fooling. That is what God already know about us and why He allows certain things to come before us. God cares about us even more than we know. More importantly He cares about our immortal souls.
This is why you might see certain individuals who were as rotten as they come and one day they totally changed. God did not give up on them. Many of your scripture writers were such individuals. Take the apostle Paul as an example. At one point he was gladly punishing the followers of Christ and then he became one of the most ardent promoters of Christ. Redemption takes a road that most people seldom travel. It is usually directed from a level higher than we can perceive.
Therefore if you feed the power that is God that is what shows up at times of great need. But remember you might have been on the outside looking in at one point and God sent someone to bring you inside his covering. Even though some may turn their backs on God, God does not turn His back on them, not unless man makes that his choice.
“The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” Psalm 145:20 NIV
Should man choose not to accept what the Lord offers then His hedges of protection are not for the unbelievers. His blessings are more precious than anything in life and shall not be cast in vein. So what is it that compels you to act and do as you do? What power do you feed the most? Remember, no mind can conceive of what God has in store for those who love Him, but woe to them who turn against Him.