Godly Path + Godly Perspective = God’s Peace

I started writing on this piece after the devotion my wife and I had yesterday. As we discussed it, she told me that I should write about it, so here we are. The devotion below is from www.utmost.org which presents daily devotionals by Oswald Chambers. There were several statements in the devotional that lead to me making the statement Godly Path + Godly Perspective = God’s Peace.

Moral Law (from utmost.org)

The moral law does not consider our weaknesses as human beings; in fact, it does not take into account our heredity or infirmities. It simply demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never changes, either for the highest of society or for the weakest in the world. It is enduring and eternally the same. The moral law, ordained by God, does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing our shortcomings. It remains absolute for all time and eternity. If we are not aware of this, it is because we are less than alive. Once we do realize it, our life immediately becomes a fatal tragedy. “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died” (Romans 7:9). The moment we realize this, the Spirit of God convicts us of sin. Until a person gets there and sees that there is no hope, the Cross of Christ remains absurd to him. Conviction of sin always brings a fearful, confining sense of the law. It makes a person hopeless— “. . . sold under sin” (Romans 7:14). I, a guilty sinner, can never work to get right with God— it is impossible. There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience. Who of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection!

We only begin to realize the power of the moral law once we see that it comes with a condition and a promise. But God never coerces us. Sometimes we wish He would make us be obedient, and at other times we wish He would leave us alone. Whenever God’s will is in complete control, He removes all pressure. And when we deliberately choose to obey Him, He will reach to the remotest star and to the ends of the earth to assist us with all of His almighty power.

First, you may be asking what is moral law. In the context of that Mr. Chambers wrote his thoughts, moral law are the commands of God i.e. God’s Word. That’s why he says they are eternal. We know from 1 Peter 1:25 that God’s Word is eternal. Next, the two statements that grabbed us are “Whenever God’s will is in complete control, He removes all pressure. And when we deliberately choose to obey Him, He will reach to the remotest star and to the ends of the earth to assist us with all of His almighty power.”

Are we all on a course to remove pressure from our lives? Are we all trying to figure out how to deliver on things beyond our capabilities and resources? Well, here is the answer. In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is the path. We should follow the path or His will for our lives. We learn of His will through His Word, His Spirit, His people and His circumstances. God uses all four of those to direct our lives. If we are willing, we experience life’s immaculate equation: Godly Path + Godly Perspective = God’s Peace.

Jesus is the the Godly Path. He says He is the way or hodos (ho-do’s) which means 1) properly 1. a way, a travelled way, road 2. a travellers way, journey, travelling 2) metaph. 1. a course of conduct 2. a way (i.e. manner) of thinking, feeling, deciding. God’s Word is the Godly Perspective. Hebrews 4:12 tells us “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Romans 12 has so much to say about developing our Godly Perspective. We are told how to see the Path and how to develop the Perspective. Verse two says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

When we see the Godly Path + the Godly Perspective, we have Godly Peace as illustrated in Philippians 4:6-8. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tomorrow, we will look at an example of those who had the Right Path but the Wrong Perspective – Acts 5


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