RUNNERS ON HIGHER GROUNDS
Verse for Today: Monday, October 11, 2010
Psalms 18:33 - He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights.
Feet are God's gift for us to stand, walk and run at different speed to suite different occasions, objectives and the surfaces and to meet different objectives. One may walk or run into or out of a situation, or stand in a particular environment by intent. All of these are different attitudes and responses to the situations that we are concerned about and involved with. But if the feet are made by the Lord, then one would have to do what pleases the maker and what He commands us to do with it. Deer as an animal is well known for running fast. It runs away from danger, but sometimes it's horns tangle with bush or thorns on the way and thus gets stalled. This is what the deer needs to be careful about. But in the wake of running, deer usually forgets about the thorns and bushes around and get caught unaware. Deer also runs after the brooks where it can drink the cool waters to do away with the heat or the poisonous material which it would have taken in unknowingly or thoughtlessly. The deer needs to know the mind of the creator to act prudently and so should a child of God. Our responses to the situations should be seen in the pace that we take to go into or run away from situations which should on on the basis of the will of God. If we allow Him, the creator will make us stand on heights where the mundane will not affect us. God always wants us to be at a level higher than the ordinary and take greater heights in spiritual matters. When we run like a deer and stand on high mountains in spiritual matters, the earthly cares won't influence us and we will be able to enjoy closer fellowship with the Lord. This is the sure way to be in this world, and at the same time, not of the world. This is the way not to be affected by our situations, and how we live above the situations which is the definite way to live as desired by the Lord.
Hello friend, are you using the feet given to you by the Lord for greater spiritual gains? Are you running into spiritually profitable endeavours and running away from ungodly situations like a deer runs fast? Do you have a deep desire to know where to stand and where not to and where to walk or run into and where to run or walk away from? These situations need to be diagnosed by us on a regular basis on the basis of the Word of God which is our light and lamp for the sojourn. If we do not run away from ungodly environment, we might be lured into it which might end up in spiritual disaster. At the same time, we need to know how to be part of spiritually expedient activities, endeavours and people. So we need to keep away from wrong pathways, but should seek and find the Lord's leading to be on spiritually expedient ground. We need to thank the Lord for giving us the wisdom to heed to the warnings given in the Word of God to keep away from the way of the wicked. Otherwise, we might fall into the temptations in which Balaam, Gehazi and Achan fell and lost their testimonies. If we want to be on higher grounds, we must run away from ungodly situations and run into godly premises. The Lord also helps us to run away from getting unnecessarily tangled with unpleasant situations. Sometimes we are given warnings and we need to heed to it and run away. It is best to stay on a higher ground where God wants us to be and keep going higher and higher spiritually. Running on higher grounds will strengthen us to keep running for the Lord and become closer to Heaven. Let that be our desire each day of our lives and be closer to the Lord on higher grounds.
Colossians 3:1 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Thought for Today
You and I need special grace to know what to run away from and what to run into.