Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Many years ago, my wife and I used to see the programs of a well known TV preacher. Without a doubt, he was one of our favorites and we would watch his shows every time. In time, I began to notice a difference in his preaching. He began to be overly judgmental and demonstrated more intolerance with each new show. Shortly thereafter, I stopped seeing his programs altogether and remember remarking to my wife: “I sincerely believe that _________ is headed for an ugly fall. As we suspected, he suffered a terrible fall not too long afterwards and we found out later that other ministers had unsuccessfully written to him warning him to be careful. It seemed pretty apparent to us that this well known man of God, even in his preaching, had begun to venture out into dangerous and unfamiliar territory, ignoring the pleas of many of his friends to come back.
I was amused recently when I read an article concerning a debate about the moral of the children’s story of Humpty Dumpty. To begin with, I always thought it was just intended to be a riddle or maybe a poem for children and didn't agree with any of the goofy opinions given. However, as I pondered about their many answers, for whatever reason, my thoughts went back to the preacher I just mentioned. I thought that if Humpty Dumpty was really an egg, as most people believe, he had no reason whatsoever to climb up and sit on a wall. In other words, he shouldn’t have gone there. Likewise, any child of God, including His servants, has no business venturing into places where he or she doesn’t belong.
I John 1:7 says: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” As long as we stay close to Jesus, we will be safe but once we start straying into places where we don’t belong, we’ll lose the safety and fellowship of being in the light. Lets not forget who we are. I Thessalonians 5:5 says: “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” As far as the darkness is concerned, the Lord is telling us today, “Don’t go there!”
God’s word for today: (Ephesians 5:8) “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”