Laughter of fools

Ecclesiastes 2:1

“I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;” and behold, this also was vanity.”

Solomon communes with himself and decides to carry out a test to see if there is any pleasure or meaning in laughter and joking. He investigates all things that could be funny, bring laughter or amusement.

Perhaps he thinks about and indulges in witty repartee, or sarcasm, or satire, to try to lighten the serious side of life and bring serious issues to a lower level of importance. Looking at books, listening to others, writing, all sorts of ways that mirth and humour are enjoyed.

If it began as pleasure, it does not seem to have ended that way. The humour is overcome by the seriousness of life and the issues of meaning and futility hold sway. The laughter turns hollow and the humour is only a fleeting moment of mirth. Reality is serious and full of disappointment and distress. These things cannot be laughed away. Laughter conditions us in to thinking that everything is ok. If people are laughing it’s ok. Even the sound of laughter can be a conditioned response.

In our Western culture we are very keen on comedy at the moment. There is much on TV and comedy clubs thrive. We use comedy to stultify the realities of life and helps us make light of the problems we might be going through. It might last for a moment, but soon we must face reality again. Humour has become a kind of social drug that keeps things superficial and trivial to stop us worrying or trying sort things out. It’s a kind of emotional pacifier that placates our difficulties but cannot take them away.

It is foolish to make light of something that is serious. It is foolish to poke fun at serious states of mind that result in being duped about how serious they really are. Reality musts be faced, and many are not living in it, but chasing dreams and fantasies that can never sort out anything. We become mere phantoms and ghosts of our former selves, in order to try to assimilate the issues we have picked up and cannot face or sort out.

There is no reference in Scripture for a human laughing at God, but there are plenty of instances in modern culture of people laughing at the truths of God and making light of deep and serious issues from the Word of God. Laughter shows lack of respect, and though we have open access to truth, we continue to regale the things about spiritual life and godliness, that would lead us to God and the truth.

Our laughter can also cover up much sorrow. When we laugh a lot, we are usually trying to cope with something we are finding difficult. The happy face becomes a mask that hides trouble. Even if we are happy a lot, we still have things to deal with that can cause us distress.

Laughing at other people and their misfortune is mean. We see and hear this repeatedly. People are picked on and made into jokes. It happens all through society and at every level. It brings our culture into the dirt and trivialises serious argument and thought. Issues get dealt with through joke lines and insult, rather than logic and reason.

“Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “Am I not joking?”

Proverbs 26:18-19

Covering over our meanness with more jokes and light hearted banter, is also mean. It becomes a prison.

Laughter is good, and it has it’s place, when it is sincere and from a sincere heart.

“A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22

Laughing does brighten the spirit and can alleviate the mood, and make us feel lighter when we are cast down about what we are thinking about. We can use it to help others and help ourselves. But mainly it is reserved for people who are trivial and trite about suffering or serious situations that require serious thought and deep comfort, certainly as is presented in the media. We are taught to be lighthearted and let our feelings pass over us with a laugh, and move on, thereby never really dealing with the issues.

The outcome of this research of Solomon’s, shows that humour is folly and a vanity. To seek this kind of entertainment is trivial and foolish. There is no wisdom to be found in the local comedy club or watching the stand up comedian on the television. Both lead us into fleshly mindsets and ungodly living. It is folly to live in this way.

“For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.”

Ecclesiastes 7:6

Thorns only hurt and last for the moment of mirth and create a momentary blaze, and then they are gone. So like those who make light of trouble and cause long term heartache for so many. This is foolishness.

Meaning

Meaning

Without meaning we fade away. Even out best pleasures are rendered facile. Everything is empty and pointless. We embrace apathy and all care goes out the window.

If there is no meaning, there is no justice. Again, no justice, apathy sets in. There is no care. Carelessness takes over our lives, our families fail, business fails, and whole countries are lost.

We play with fire when we take the Almighty God out of our equations. They don’t add up or make sense, and we think we are right because our reasoning is faulty and ill-logical. Our minds are darkened and we embrace the folly of thinking that humankind is the top of the tree, because we will not bend ourselves or bow our knees to someone higher. Pride becomes our necklace, and we strut the human stage in utter folly.

We set ourselves up as the harbingers of meaning, and yet we embrace the folly. We become utterly futile and descend into pure decadence. What we want we will have, so get it now while you can. There is no justice, so no day of reckoning. Anything goes. Selfishness and sins abound.

God laughs and weeps. He laughs at the wicked for He knows their day is coming and there is a day of judgment that is not dependant on human endeavour. There is justice and it will be meted out. God weeps at how we contaminate the succeeding generations and lead so many into falsehood and error. So many are blinded by the gods of this vain world and it’s mindsets and philosophies. Many are lost and face a lost eternity because of the folly of those who propagate lies. All this evil must be paid for.

God is still willing to forgive. He gives us our lives that we might find Him and know Him and not have to suffer under the tyranny of falsehoods. The voice is very small now. We have almost stamped it out. Only a few remain who are willing to be seen and known as lovers of God, and face the unpopularity and ridicule.

The way we use our precious language is also contaminated with illogical use. We have lost meaning in every way, and communication is getting harder and misconception is easily embraced. Speaking and listening are not priorities and silence ensues. Silence separates and has little meaning, except “I want to opt out…”

People settle for nothing rather than the effort of making themselves known.

Education is riddled with error. Teachers make up “knowledge” to suit themselves and to fit the system they are imposing on the situation. Education is full of myths and non- fiction, fairytale and made up stories. Knowledge decreases and ignorance rules.

Remember God. He waits for us to come to our senses. He still speaks into our lives, and we must rouse ourselves and hear Him. Indolence will bring us to destruction and we will walk into death with our eyes closed and our soul asleep. Waken up and turn yourself around. Face the Lord and He will sort out and forgive your problems and sins. He has all power and everything is in His control, and you are destitute. He can bring you into His family and you can start again. Give up your idols, your folly, your lazy ways, and seek His face. He is not far way.

“God intended that (we) would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’”

Acts 17:27-28

He upholds our lives every moment and yet we regale Him. This is the ultimate foolishness. Wisdom seeks the Lord and doesn’t care what other think or even the folly of our own minds. We find ourselves in Him, for all meaning and purpose is in Him. His will, will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Folly will cease and all who embrace it’s spirit will perish.

Education

Education

Education is a powerful tool in the hands of the right people and the wrong people. Governments desire control over it, for by it they can mould society and build the kind of workforce they require. We think we have choice, but that is debatable and almost wholly limited.

The voice and choice in Education has been taken away from the educators and put in the hands of those far up the tree. The result is much standardisation and scores of averages. The rise in testing young people is concerning and is setting precisidents for our society as a whole. Our culture has changed and is ever changing, and not always for the good, but if the scores are good, it’s ok.

Moral precedents are being set and we are accepting the limitations being put on our freedoms as human beings and we have lost our liberty. In a very short space of time we have reached the place where we will do exactly what the leaders are saying every if it destroys or lives, our families lives and our livelihoods. We are completely compliant. Our mind set has seen changed and we respond easily to fear. Our individual courage has failed us and we succumb to the suggestions of others really easily. Social pressure works well now, and we behave like lemmings when threatened or dictated to.

This is quite scary, but we think it is ok. We have suspended our own judgment because we have not been taught logic and sound argument or how to debate properly.

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

Our moral compass has also gone awry. We no longer know right for wrong and our judgment is suspect. We call evil things good, and allow folly into our hearts and minds. There is no justice and no sound judgment. The generations go by and embrace more and more folly. We feel and say nothing, the blind leading the blind. Have we already received the delusion?

We have imbibed the spirit of the age, and it has dragged us down to perdition. People are in so much pain, because they believe what they are told by leaders of all sorts, and are now led themselves by children, social pressure and the societal folly that inhabits every part of the media. As we look and listen, we let it into our psyche, and imbibe the lie…

It’s ok, it will be alright in the end; nothing bad is going to happen; someone is always there to help you….

Our education has made us totally dependant in every way. Personal courage is not valued or needed, because we must be dependent on other people for the control mechanisms to work. Physically we are unhealthy and weak; intellectually, the mind is futile; spiritually we are dead in our sins. The lie already runs in our veins….

How can we stop it? Can it be reversed?

It’s difficult, because now we are also blinded. The lie has so infiltrated us that we are becoming sick in our minds and accepting of every wicked thing that comes along. The mess is impossible to clean up, as it has infiltrated everything. The contamination is complete. To be uncontaminated is to be an outcast and to suffer great loss and pain. No one can tolerate holiness of character or life, and people will try to get you to go along with them.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’”

Matthew 11:16-17

It is hard to resist, but it must be resisted and rejected completely. It looks so attractive and “free” but the consequence is death. It is comfortable to be accepted, but the end is to be rejected by all goodness. To think like this is to run against the stream and it is hard work just to stand still. Something is trying to destroy us, but we must stand against it at all costs. To give in means death, not just to ourselves, but our families and people around us. Who will listen?

We don’t know who will listen, but trust that God knows what He is doing and is working out His eternal purposes for the good of His beloved people. To be in that number is life and peace, but not in this life…

“Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:32-33

Even two thousand years ago, the disciples faced the same mindset. How much worse it is today, and the infiltration of the airwaves into our psyche, feeds the beast. We need not fear, because our Saviour has overcome on our behalf. All we have to do is trust and obey, keeping our lives pure and our minds clear for all contamination. God will supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ. Our account is full and God regards us as perfect already. We can call out to Him at anytime and receive the deep, inner help we need. This is the only reliable dependency that exists.

“Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Galatians 5:1

The grave

The grave

The grave wasn’t His, it was only borrowed for a minute or two. He rested for a few moments, presented Himself to the Father and raised His beautiful body again, forever victorious. No one could hold Him down, He is relentless in His love for His people.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-58

He is the Lord of Life. He holds the keys of death and hell. He decides who lives and who will die, eternally. We fear Him for who He is, but we are not afraid, because He has redeemed us by His precious, all- powerful blood. He will bring His people home to Himself, triumphant, like an army with banners, fearful, rampant… victorious, as He is. He has beaten death forever and will deliver all those who believe in Him and take refuge under His sway. He holds that sway over sin and hell and can rescue us for this place. The grave cannot hold the redeemed sinner, as it could not hold Him. Those who trust in Him are not confounded.

No one can stop Him or stop this happening. Jesus is the Lord. He is the King above all Kings, the Mighty One, the face of heaven’s beauty, heaven’s cover story and Lover of every humble and rescued soul.

One day soon, He will return to the earth to take His people away to safety and security with Him forever. Their bodies will be reunited with their souls and we will, be resurrected to eternal life. This will be the end. There is no more reason to keep the world system going. All the elect people of God are now gathered into the eternal kingdom and the new heavens and new earth are about to start. Sinners will be judged by the Saviour of the world, as God haters and rejecters. They will receive their certain “reward” and will loose their souls to eternal death.

The earth will melt and the heavens will pass away like a rolled up garment. We will be with the Lord forever and enjoy His warm embrace. All sin will be assigned to everlasting darkness, where God will hold all evil in this confined space, never to contaminate ever again. We will be free to do what is right and good always, and the shackles of sin will be forever and completely loosed.

The grave will not just be empty, but will pass away with the dead earth and dead souls who chose its final resting place as their own. The grave is not ours, it is only a holding spot for the body, until the Lord returns.

“But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Corinthians 15:54

Also the corruption will be put right again. The rot will disappear and glorified flesh will be revealed. We will be as Christ is, even now, as He appears in glory. We shall be with Him everlastingly and will experience that great and unsurpassed joy, that only the Christian knows. It will be untarnished and untainted by sin, death or any disappointment, but be always and ever our righteous reward.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as Christ is pure.”

1 John 3:1-3

What privileges we possess. We know some things about how we will be at that glorious time, but not everything. It will be beyond anything we could ever experience in this fallen world, and behind our wildest, most optimistic dreams. We shall be like Him, our hearts desire, our true love, our majestic Saviour and Lord.

We praise His name and give honour to His majesty, who is forever praised…

The water factor

“All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again.”

The water factor

Ecclesiastes 1:7

God has set up many natural systems to show us his power and glory in how He does things in our world and beyond, and also in the spiritual life. One of these is the water cycle. The water is evaporated by the sun into earths atmosphere and becomes vapour in the form of clouds. When the time is right, the vapour falls on the earth as rain, snow or hail, mists and fogs, etc. The rain runs down the earth, as fresh water, and replenished the living things and runs back into the salty sea. The salt water is then, evaporated again, looses it’s salt and is evaporated back into the clouds. So goes the water cycle. The whole system is self-supporting and the mighty seas are kept within the bounds that have been set for them.

Proverbs 8:29

“… when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth;”

The water cycle is necessary for the upkeep of life and the propagation of it on our planet. Without it, or if it was to stop for a minute, we would all perish. The cycle is the guarantee that we are cared for and provided for on this grand level.

“… who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, [in which were] fiery serpents and scorpions, and thirsty ground where there was no water; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint;’

Deuteronomy 8:15

God provided the necessary water for His people in the wilderness, even through miraculous means. He is the sustainer of all living things and upholds life by the word of His power.

The rivers all run into the sea because this is the way the physicality of the environment has worked out. Each part of the cycle affect the other parts, and that in turn affects the land. This is the purposes of God, that it should be so like this. Gravity pulls the water down from the clouds, down onto the mountains, and down into the sea. The water erodes away the rock and makes the channels in the environment. The rivers continually flow into the sea as part of the water cycle. The shape of the land and everything related to it is influenced by this whole process.

“He laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be moved forever. You covered it with the deep as with a cloak. The waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled. At the voice of your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down, to the place which you had assigned to them.”

Psalm 104:5-8

Even in creation, God uses the forces of His nature to mould and make the mountains and landscape. He is in change of the whole process, as these verses show.

The sea never fills up, because the convection currents and the evaporation physics that pulls the water out for the sea and into the clouds as vapour, never stops. The tides are controlled by the moon and the sea ebbs and flows continually and predictably. The majesty of God is clearly seen in all these wonders. The puny needs of the human is also seen. We seem like pawns on the chessboard. We move in a restricted way and are so seemingly dispensable. Futility fills our hearts and our ways, and we are lost without the Lord. We die without His mighty provision, both in the body and also our souls. We must bow to the majesty of the Lord, and listen to what He is saying to us. We revere His name because of who He is and what He continually does for us.

“He sends springs into the valleys. They run among the mountains. They give drink to every animal of the field.”

Psalm 104:10-11

Doing nothing

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5

If I get separated from Christ I can do nothing of any value. If I am separate from Christ and don’t know Him or love Him, I am doing nothing of any value. Only God can turn these situations around. We cannot know God’s joy unless we know Him. Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and unless the Spirit dwells within us, we don’t know joy, realise it, or even feel it. Joy causes us to praise God and glorify His name in every area of our lives.

The vine is a picture of the Lord Jesus and also the glorious kingdom of Christ. We, the people of God are the branches, attached and growing on this mighty tree. If we should be grafted into the body of Christ, or grafted into the Old Testament saints of God, we are alive to Jesus Christ and are able to live and work for Him. To do so is life and peace for the Christian believer, and the heights of glory in the heavenly kingdom.

The branches cannot be separated, but can remain not as fruitful as they could be, because of lack of dedication and devotion. Christ does not force His ways on us, but waits for us to learn and grow and embrace His will for our lives. If we remain in the love of Christ we will certainly bear much fruit and gain great glory. Our strength will grow and our courage will make us particularly successful in the work we are called to do, whatever is set aside for us. Without the love and power of the Holy Spirit our lives are empty and dull and we will produce nothing of any value. We need the power of God to keep us walking and working against the odds and against lack of encouragement.

God will keep us interested. It is He who will produce the fruit in us, but our responsibility is to keep ourselves in the love of Christ and remain faithful to Him and the heavenly way. If we do, we will know increasing joy and strength to keep going and to continually step out for God. Our fruit may be seen in this life, or maybe it’s breadth and depth will not be known until we reach the other side of eternity. God is faithful and will keep us faithful in His Word and faithful in prayer.

Others may look busy, but there may not be much fruit to show for God. Some look busy, and may be busy in this world, but there is no actual spiritual fruit. They are doing nothing, because it will not last. When the work is tested, it will be found wanting and really only done for self and selfish motives. This will not count for Christ, and if we follow this agenda, we will suffer loss. We will have become dried up and not operating as the branches on the tree. We have become somehow separated and therefore not bearing the fruit. These branches, are not really grafted in and will never bear the fruit required by God. Jesus cursed the fig tree that did not bear the fruit He required. No fruit means we are doing nothing and therefore will have no spiritual life in us and are not true branches.

There must be fruit. Lazy Christians are a misnomer, and only those who are working for their Lord with all that they are, will bear the fruit and enter in.

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

John 15:4

Love Joy Peace

Love

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13

Love that will love no matter what you do to it. Love that loves back in every circumstance. Love that knows no bounds and will love until the end of doom. Love that will die for you, even though you hate it and try to murder it. Love that will forgive you, even though you do not want it, yet…

No human has this kind of love. This is the love of God. It seems irrational and dangerously sentimental. It seems foolish to us and too soft and pliable. But it is the love that unfolds the universe and upholds it by its eternal power. It is the love that keeps the earth alive, and every human soul until the end of their allotted days. It provides, protects and blesses everyone, every animal and plant that inhabits our globe, and will do so until the end will come. Then that love will bring in a kingdom of love that will never end, and change fully and forever, the human hearts that have believed on him – Jesus the king of love.

Love is what hold the triune God in perfect harmony and peace. It is the defining factor of the persons in that tryst, and binds then to each other in eternal bonds of that indissoluble love. It is the motivation behind the will of those persons, and the power behind the outworking of them. Love never fails, because it is of God. God is love….

Joy

“….whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory-“

1 Peter 1:8

Joy is a deep realisation beyond feeling and knowing. A realisation that never goes away. And will endure long past the end of life and into eternity. This joy is based on knowing and the reality of believing. It is dependant on God and not on a human source. It s a product of faith, for does not depend on sight, or feelings, or any human happiness, and endures because of the indwelling of the gracious and Holy Spirit of God. It cannot be put into words or sounds, the nearest we get to this is singing. It brings the reality of glory into the life of the ordinary human and makes us inheritors of the eternal kingdom.

When joy fills the heart, there is outward expression that cannot be stopped. It pours forth, like the eternal spring in the heavenly city, and brings refreshment to those around to whom it is sent. God’s joy knows no bounds and cannot be stopped by any other power, since they are weaker and lesser, and are swallowed up by the joy of the Lord. This joy is the strength of all those who believe…

Peace

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.”

John 14:27

Jesus brought us peace with God, the people around us, and ourselves. He brings peace because He has made peace through the sacrifice of Himself, which can never be taken away or lost, once it is found. It is like treasure in a field, that we spend all our resources on, just to possess, and get, and keep.

It is a gift. We can never deserve it, earn it, or buy it, but accept it humbly from the hand of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We need never be fearful of anything ever again. Nothing can harm the one who knows this peace, because it is based on trust in the eternal God, Jesus Christ, the everlasting Son, and the perfect Spirit who fills our lives when we are surrendered to Him. We are full of this peace, which makes us strong, resilient and full of hope. Our courage never fails and we do the things God asks us to do with valour and power.

Love is the crowning glory.

Love makes everything easy.

Joy makes everything certain.

Peace makes everything possible.

Faith runs like a golden thread through them all…

God’s work

Creation

“The heavens and the earth were finished, and all their vast array.”

Genesis 2:1

God made everything that exists. Every amazing star in the sky, every blade of grass, animal, human. Nothing exists that He did not make. It was so good, it was perfect. God only makes perfect things. It was completely finished. Nothing more could,be added. It was huge. It will not last, because it was ruined on the very first day, the serpent tempted Eve and she fell. Adam disobeyed and he became a sinner. They were both failures and were cast out of the beautiful garden, their home, to roam the earth until salvation came….

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.”

John 19:30

God has provided a way out of sin and death. He planned it all along, since eternity past, and has done everything to save guilty humankind. It is the perfect plan. Jesus finished the work of payment for sin, fully. It was a monumental act of love. It will last forever, because all who believe will inherit the kingdom forever. Jesus calls us to come and those who put their faith in Him and what He did for them, inherit eternal life and gain a home forever. Salvation has come for all who believe.

“he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:6

God will perfect His work in every heart that loves Him. His plans for the lives of His people, cannot be thwarted. His plan for each one is perfect for them. It was bought for them at such a high price. Gods will not leave us without comfort, but has given His Holy Spirit to teach us. This work will continue until every saint of God is gathered into the kingdom, and then the end will come. Adam ruined humankind, but the Lord Jesus has rescued us and makes us new people. We are set aside for His glory, and our complete and glorious salvation.

Thinking

We are told not to examine to deeply, over-think or over-analyse ourselves. The bible says the opposite…

“…Let a man examine himself…”

1 Corinthians 11:28

We are to examine ourselves and see if we belong to the household of faith, or wether we are fit to attend the Lord’s table of remembrance, or wether out sins are being put to flight in our minds and behaviour.

This world is intent on keeping people away from serious thought. All things are about being positive and keeping laughter as a top priority. The humour industry is big business and the shows on TV are intent on keeping things quiet in your mind. Even the news channels tell us what to think and how to react to news items. It all seems so trivial.

To be serious is not required, since you might worry people with deeper thoughts that maybe they might not be up to scratch with their standards of behaviour. Human beings don’t like to be reminded of that, as we try to blot this thought process out of our minds, and tone down our consciences. If there is no remedy for us, this is understandable, and we should keep positive. But since forgiveness is the only remedy for this situation, we should seek it.

We have to want it to seek it. The reality of our situation before the Living God, needs to be addressed. We are guilty, that why we feel guilty. But God has provided everything to deal with the whole problem. We can be free in a moment, if we would but admit it.

Our pride also takes part. We don’t want anyone telling us we aren’t good enough or don’t measure up to some standard outside of ourselves. We are living our lives by the light of our own eyes. Because we don’t have light in ourselves, we therefore walk in the dark and cannot see at all. The Scripture tells us these things. The light is there, if we just come to Him and seek restitution for the wrongs we admit we have done. That’s really all salvation is.

If we could switch on our minds and think logically about our state of being before God, and find out what He says to us in His word, we would find the answer. Thinking does work. Self- examination does bring good rewards, and analysing why we do what we do, helps us to grow in goodness and holiness.

“..for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but The Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

We are too trivial and easily blind ourselves to our own faults. Facing up is hard to do because of our pride, but God sees us already and is willing to still take us in. He sees the heart and its motivations and that it is wicked, but is still willing to forgive and change us. His love is extravagant and extraordinary, and He will bring us into the very core of His family and make us the people, we are meant to be.

Women who glorify God