MY ways are higher than your ways and MY thoughts are higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 This is the way walk in it. Isaiah 30:21
You are walking along a path and you come to the edge of a vast swamp. You look out over the swamp and you see murky water with dead floating logs, dense trees growing out of the water. You may see birds and frogs, maybe a turtle or something else that seem safe and inviting. Do you want to go in? Probably not, for under the water there could be quick sand, alligators, deep places where you could not touch bottom. The wise person would look on but not go in.
What I have just described is life without GOD in it. A place where it is murky, and dangerous, where pitfalls are everywhere and cannot be seen by the naked eye, for they are hidden. Dangerous reptiles and unknown footing are lurking to attack or kill by sucking you down. At first your eyes are drawn to the beauty, for there are beautiful things in the swamp, but the unseen is scary, full of the unknown.
This world, without a guide, is like that, we see the beauty of GOD’S creation, but without a guide to help us to see the pitfalls it is a dangerous place. Drugs, alcohol, sex, all have their purpose but mishandled they are full of danger. True, we may not lose our life, die, but we will lose it just the same, if we venture in alone. We listen to others tell us how great these things are and we are enticed to try them, without knowing the other side. There are two sides to every coin. Going into the swamp without a proper guide is like going in with a blind one, or one who has listened to someone else but never really gone in themselves or the are deceived by drugs ect. Listening to this kind of guide is not smart, like letting someone do surgery on us because they read a book, but had not actually had any experience.
Many are the teachers today, who have theories, but no practical experience, in the outside world. They believe that the swamp is a good place to swim and have fun, and to explore, but they have never actually been in the swamp, or else they are in the swamp and blind to it’s effects. It may not be actual drugs or something else, but the listening to someone else who hasn’t been in there either. Proverbs says that a liar speaks and passes on but those who listen speak endlessly. The teacher may even be someone who is religious who think they have new revelation.
You’re walking along a path with an experienced guide who knows the area like the back of his hand. The two of you come to the edge of a swamp, he’s a little behind you and sees you starting to go in. He runs up and takes you by the arm to stop you before you make a fatal mistake. While at the edge he starts to explain all the beauty of the area, but he also tells you of the dangers. The guide shows you a boat and say this is the way, but not by yourself, for he knows the way through.
This second description is a picture of a world with GOD in our lives. We still come to the swamp, and see the same things, we see the beauty and we see the frightening. The big difference is that we have a guide who will lead us into all truth. We call that guide, the HOLY SPIRIT; HE is GOD and knows everything. HE knows all the neat stuff, and HE knows the dangers. HE knows how to get us through safely because HE made the way possible, and if we will listen to HIM, though we will still have difficulty, HE will get us through to the wonderful sandy beach and ocean on the far side of the swamp.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and without HIM there’s no way through the swamp, there’s no lovely ocean with it’s gleaming sandy beaches, just swamp with no end because we have rejected the way and the teaching of the guide. Our ways are finite and the future is unknown. GOD’S way is infinite and HE knows what the future holds because HE knows the beginning and the end. We can, in our shortsightedness, go it alone hoping to get through or we can consult the guide for directions. Fortunately GOD, in HIS Wisdom, is not only the guide, but HE left us instructions in the form of the Bible. It is GOD’S instruction manual for life. What’s cool about it is the guide, HOLY SPIRIT, is a one on one tutor and helps us to understand what the manual says. HE also acts as an alert when we are approaching danger. HE won’t stop us from being stupid, but will gently warn us with second thoughts saying maybe we should take another look at the direction we are heading.
You may say, “How can I get this guide?” Glad you asked, for it is simple and anyone, who is willing to trust in Jesus and HIS “Finished” work on the cross to wipe out their sin, can get help. You see this guide doesn’t work for just anyone, but only for those who trust in HIM and surrender to HIS leadership. Would be kind of dumb to get a guide and leave him at the edge of the swamp, paying no attention to his advice. Don’t you think?
Folks it is beautiful out there but there is also the swamp, full of dangers, pitfalls, unseen hazards, better to have someone with you who knows the way rather than going it alone. Ask Jesus into your life and trust HIM, read the instruction manual and HE will guide you through it. HE knows all about things, seen and unseen. We only have a minute amount of knowledge, about what we can physically see, but HE sees All. Which is better walking alone or with someone who knows the right way? You be the judge, but take a moment and think about it.
Until next time, thanks for looking, al