Home > Uncategorized > Do You Have Only One Foot on the Rock? 10-3-13
Disconnect.
I don’t usually spent a lot of time studying the footnotes rather than reading Scripture, but this one caught my eye, and I read it several times.  The footnote read:  “What you do cannot be separated from what you believe.”
What made me pause was not necessarily an incorrect interpretation of the referenced passage, but the incongruity of that statement in a life-application practicality: Isn’t that exactly where people struggle the most, both feeling and walking in a way that is separated from what they believe…or think they believe?  
Jehovah-Jireh.  People believe that “God is our Provider” (Gen.22: 13-

14) … but is it demonstrated in their giving, sharing, advice to others, in their  lens through which they view life’s events?  Jehovah-Rohi.  People believe that “The Lord is my Shepherd” (Psa. 23:1)…but is it demonstrated in their walk through life, in the way they describe decision-making, in the way they accept both victories and defeats? Jehovah-Nissi. “The Lord our Banner” (Ex. 17:15)…the concept of “banner” is physically defined as “a piece of cloth attached to a staff and used as a standard by a monarch, military commander, or knight.” (thefreedictionary.com) The websitethelordmybanner.com writes, “Christ Jesus is the Banner of His church.  He is the Banner that waves in the heart and mind of every Believer!  A banner is to be lifted up and displayed, for all to see!  How?  We do this by the words we speak and the life we live…thus showing Him off as our Banner.”

What made me pause was not necessarily an incorrect interpretation of the referenced passage, but the incongruity of that statement in a life-application practicality: Isn’t that exactly where people struggle the most, both feeling and walking in a way that is separated from what they believe…or think they believe?  
Jehovah-JirehPeople believe that “God is our Provider” (Gen.22: 13- 14)
… but is it demonstrated in their giving, sharing, advice to others, in their  lens through which they view life’s events?  Jehovah-Rohi.  People believe that “The Lord is my Shepherd” (Psa. 23:1)…but is it demonstrated in their walk through life, in the way they describe decision-making, in the way they accept both victories and defeats? Jehovah-Nissi. “The Lord our Banner” (Ex. 17:15)…the concept of “banner” is physically defined as “a piece of cloth attached to a staff and used as a standard by a monarch, military commander, or knight.” (thefreedictionary.com) The websitethelordmybanner.com writes, “Christ Jesus is the Banner of His church.  He is the Banner that waves in the heart and mind of every Believer!  A banner is to be lifted up and displayed, for all to see!  How?  We do this by the words we speak and the life we live…thus showing Him off as our Banner.”
“Acts on them.”  That seems pretty simple – but maybe it isn’t, maybe that’s the catch.  Is our ending up in “the chasm” the result of one leg standing on logic, the natural, the earthly – and only one leg standing on faith?  Is our house, then, on a mixed foundation – partly rock, partly sand?

 It is a personal question.  It’s between God and each one of us…And when He responds, that answer will be worth pondering…