From the Rector’s Desk.
Following the Way: I have a vivid memory of being on a small youth adventure just outside Addo with about 6 other friends from Church in the early 70’s. We had a really good group of buddies back in the day. Anyway, I was the designated breakfast maker on the Saturday, and I thought it would be really cool to have “shlap chips” for breakfast! I didn’t really know too much about these things. I poured a bottle of oil into the pot and cut up the potatoes into chunks and threw them into the pot. What else did I need??? Oh yes, fire! So, I lit the fire and placed the pot onto the fire, and we all went for a walk down to the river.
Sounds right, hey? NO! I should have heated the oil first!
So, when we got back to the cottage that we were staying in the potatoes were a goo-ey mush of oil and stuff and was utterly inedible! You do understand that status and pride and group bonding went totally out of the window. “Couldn’t you just have asked someone how to make chips and we could have helped you!” I am utterly bewildered how often we, humans – and even Christians – want to live out life OUR way! The word of God tells us that ‘Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’ Galatians 5:25
, and – ‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
’1 Peter 2:21. Lysa TerKeurst
, writing in her blog offers us this advice by way of a Biblical Illustration… In the sixth chapter of the book of Joshua, we find Joshua and the Israelites getting to experience this truth first-hand as they encounter a problem of epic proportions. A problem that showed up in the form of a massive wall preventing them from moving forward into their promised land. I can’t help but wonder what murmurs circled through the camp as they looked at the towering walls of Jericho. I’m sure there was no shortage of ideas or opinions on how they should tackle the problem before them. But God didn’t ask anyone for their opinion. Not even Joshua
. Instead, He asked for their complete and unwavering obedience. Obedience in the face of a battle plan that would make no sense to their rational minds. All God wanted them to do was march. For six days straight, they were to march around the walls of Jericho. Then, on the seventh day of marching, they were to end with trumpet blasts and a great shout. God declared this mighty sound would bring the walls down. What moves me most about the Israelites’ part in this story isn’t so much their willingness to take that first crazy step of obedience. It’s how they kept taking steps of obedience
. Step after step after step. Even though nothing appeared to change … even though there wasn’t a single sign of cracking or crumbling in those massive walls … they kept marching. It’s hard to continue marching when we don’t see God move the way we thought He would. It’s sometimes difficult to trust that He’s working behind the scenes.
So, how do we keep “marching” when the situation still looks hopeless?
We choose to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) We take God at His Word and hold fiercely to His promises. (Hebrews 10:23). I don’t know what your life situation is at the moment, but I can tell you that the way to live it out is clearly defined and prescribed and advised through the words of Holy Scripture – Live it God’s Way!! Then you will know victory and joyful fulfilment. Amen Blessings, Rob
We make the same choice the Israelites made.