Sunday, 14 July 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 28~ Proverbs 2:21 The upright shall dwell



Proverbs 2: 21

‘the upright shall dwell in the land and the perfect shall remain in it’

 Do you know who you are and where you stand?

Life fluctuates and changes all the time. Despite the beauty of life all of us go through dark periods, sometimes losing our way completely. During such times the strong minded people among us often rely upon their faith, trusting their spiritual capacity for help to get them through. They learn their lessons and move forwards. Other people are inclined to become ‘lost.’ This is especially true if the burdens around us feel overwhelming and our ability to cope is worn down; resulting in depression and an inability to function effectively.

This is very hard to cope with as it impacts upon our self-esteem and may affect our performance. We may well feel inspired and motivated but tend to procrastinate and avoid taking action. Of course we can ultimately learn from every experience and become stronger through doing so.  Many people have found themselves and their true passions as a result of the darkest moments of their lives when they were dwelling in an 'unsavoury land.'

Even if we are living in the ‘beautiful land’ as God intended we may well not meet the requirement of perfection as mentioned above. This is not a major problem. No one is ever perfect therefore God’s land would be a barren land if perfection referred to our own personal efforts. Fortunately it does not.

After many years I have realised that God’s forgiveness allows us to return to a point of perfection repeatedly. As humans, we should  have the intention in our heart to be perfect however we cannot maintain this state as sins will occur when we unwittingly stray off course. Intentional sin is an entirely different matter however God’s promise to us is that He will forgive all sin provided we are truly repentant.

Of course, there are times when this may seem unfair!! Especially when we hear of people repenting on their death beds after a lifetime filled with abundant wrong doing.  How does this make you feel or impact on you? The answer is that if you truly love yourself and God you should be quite comfortable with it. The important thing is that we are all given the opportunity to enter God’s kingdom and have been told countless times that the only person who can judge anyone is God Himself.

It takes maturity to grasp the apparent ‘unfairness’ in the world and in all things we need to consider our own thoughts and actions, these need to be our priorities. When we are focused and full of gratitude for all the good things in our lives more good follows both to us individually and those around. This will always help us to a great outlook and perspective on each new situation.

Initially God created a paradise however man messed it up. Fortunately much of the beautiful land still remains to be cared for and appreciated. We are living in God’s land every day and some of us are fortunate to own a piece of it! What we need to realise is that we have been promised a beautiful future in the next life where God truly reigns and everything will be exactly as he ordained. Now that really is something to look forward to.  In the meantime, just continue being as upright as you can until one day you enter the true realms of perfection!

Jaz McKenzie
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