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Topic: A MIGHTY FORTRESS (don't write about the song) (04/23/15)
- TITLE: Looking For More - The Secret Of Sin
By Judith Gayle Smith
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an aborted wee child . . .
A mother's prayers ignored
falls prey to the ungodly . . .
A dissatisfied lover
finds disease in a stranger's embrace . . .
A prayer warrior's tears for the unheeding
soon enveloped in sin . . .
A mother tiger's disobedient kit
becomes the prey . . .
A bear cub tumbles away from its mother
finds frolic and folly and the big cat . . .
A rebellious young chick
runs from her sheltering wing . . .
A follower of the Christ
chooses not to obey . . .
A suit of God's armor lies empty
we refuse to wear . . .
It is the nature of all animals to seek out ways of escapement, to disobey warnings, to seek out exciting danger.
The small child who runs out in the street, forgetting his mother's admonition
is struck by a car . . .
The young wildebeest, seeking adventure
splashes in rivers where crocodiles await . . .
The pampered family pet, escaping home
seized upon by hungry coyotes . . .
The most beautiful godly child
falls prey to pedophiles' fantasies . . .
The most faithful beloved spouse
is lured by computer pornography . . .
There are so many examples of straying. Human beings, with our gift of choice - stray far from our safe harbor in Christ, seeking adventure.
Why are we passionate runners from the reality of safety? Do we not see safe havens as ideal places to live in and be blessed? What makes us so desperate for adventures that are potentially lethal? Because we can - and will do - and do to the heartbreak of all who love us.
Sure - danger can be very attractive, promising untold joys and living beyond mere "existing." Why Kamikazes? Why allow self-immolation for hopefully heavenly rewards? Why shred our knees on broken glass? Why race to face death straight into a pride of lions?
Is that the reason? Mere pride? Self-aggrandizement, the "look at what I can accomplish?" We need to take pride in Whose we are, and Who works through our mortal frames to bring us kinship with God. Flaunting our daredevil schemes are just that - the devil schemes to pull us away from following God.
I pray that if we are truly seeking adventure, we will don the armor of God and take His Standard for our lives. We believers are not wimps, we do not need to glorify ourselves.
Be brave - stay in His Fortress and fight His battles.
Still seeking adventure? Open His Word - there are thrills aplenty . . .
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