We are all aware of the law of gravity.  Simply described in laymans terms: What goes up, must come down!  As believers we must certainly be aware of the spiritual laws we read in the scriptures, but how often do we disregard them and therefore pay the consequences of our lack?

Jesus taught the divine law of sowing and reaping.  Matthew 7: 1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”  When observing others or adverse situations, we do well to remember the words of Jesus and refuse to operate with criticism, the Pharasees’ trait.  When we are critical of others, we dig our own grave that we will surely fall into, if not repented of.  Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Our words are either good seed, or bad, but both will produce a harvest either pleasing to God and ourselves, or negatively!  Sowing and reaping!  When we make judgement of others, we are sowing a future harvest to ourselves of that very same thing.  We do well to remember “There but for the grace of God, go I!”  If I do not believe that, then I will prove it in the future.

Oswald Chambers quoted “Life serves you back in the coin you pay!”  Selah.

The apostle, Paul, confirms Jesus’ words quoted earlier in Matthew.  Romans 2:1 “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judges, for wherein you judge another, YOU CONDEMN YOURSELF, for you that judge, do the same things”

It is one thing to judge people, but do I also judge certain circumstances with ungodly, natural reasoning?  Adam and Eve in the first chapters of Genesis were instructed not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  That was the first commandment given to men.  They were meant to know God, communing with Him in everything, not making their own judgement of what they deemed good, or bad, for them.  We have all made the same mistakes as Adam and Eve, allowing our natural reasoning to dictate, instead of making the Lord our first port of call in given situations.  We can so easily give verbal assent declaring Jesus to be Lord of all, but I have to give Him that position in my thoughts and actions, giving Him pre-eminence.  It can take a life time of learning to truly make Jesus Lord of my life, for if He is not Lord of all there, He is not Lord at all!  He will not impose His Lordship, I have to give Him that position on a daily basis of surrendering my thoughts and will to Him in humility.  Humility is the defining quality of a disciple of Jesus.

When trials come, they are the challenges and divine opportunities for our hope and trust in Christ Jesus to increase, not diminish.  He is our mighty, victorious conqueror and will empower and enable us, by His grace and strength, to carry us through, yoked to Him, learning from Him, living close, eventually producing the gold of the trial, bringing glory to God alone.  We will not come through without Him. Matthew 11:28-30 is the only way we will receive strength for the journey and enlightenment.  It is all in our birthright from our beloved Saviour.

Do I understand that when I complain and murmur about my circumstances, I dishonour God and am actually complaining against, and judging Him, as He is in every circumstance of my life.  He is in sovereign control of my circumstances because my life is ultimately in His hands.  We all make choices which result in us either being in purpose, God’s divine will, or permission, His permissive will, the consequence of a choice we have made.  If I am attentive to the Lord when I find I am in permission, He will use it as a learning curve to drive me back to His purpose.  Humility is always key.  Learn to take the blame for a wrong choice eating from the tree.  God is for us and delights to set us back on track with Him again.  In the economy of God there is no waste, as we allow our failures and wrong turns to be learning curves, stepping stones to teach us His ways and live closer to Him, also ceasing from judgements of our fellow men.

May we all find the place of living our lives in our Father’s divine purpose, bringing glory to His wonderful name.

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