In the world but not of it

October 30, 2010

Solid ground…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing… Psalm 143:10

This passage is translated in other versions as “lead me in the land of uprightness” (NKJV).

Both terms, firm footing and uprightness, refer to something that is straight and not crooked.

Both give us the same connotation, that to walk with the Lord and to be led by the Holy Spirit will lead to a straight path that is on solid ground. This path may have speed bumps and potholes. This path may have exit ramps and bridges. But this path, the one the Lord keeps us on, is firm.

The idea of walking this life on solid ground, on surety is found in several places…

Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the LORD. Psalm 26:11

He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2

Our Lord Himself said…

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

Life’s events often want to get us to stop at the next rest stop or to take an exit and detour for a while but that is what usually leads to getting off of the firm footing, the solid ground and foundation.

We often equate rest with having to stop something we are doing. While this may be true as it applies to physical work, thought or some other thing that we do, it never applies to our relationship with God.

There is no holiday this side of heaven. The rest God speaks of relates to our spiritual state, our trust in Him, our acceptance of His will and His guiding. This rest is a firm footing, it is a solid ground, it is what keeps us walking and running the race.

Notice that Jesus said, “the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house”. These are extreme weather conditions the Lord is referring to not just another rainy day.

These types of conditions can really get us off of our firm footing; they can knock us to the ground and get us to go off the path into a ditch. The only way to combat such conditions is given to us on the first line of that passage…we must listen and follow (or obey)…there is no other way!

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