Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

On Course for CHRIST

May 1

"Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of GOD, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: ..."  Ecclesiastes 5:1

"... the sign demanding: 'Remove all shoes', has itself been removed:"






There is the element of our ancestor Cain in all of us, which is presumptive and irreverent.  Prior to personal salvation, we grow our little garden of good works, bringing the fruit to HIM, and insist that HE sit down to the greens offered to our idol (us).  "But unto Cain and to his offering HE had not respect.  And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."  The most assuming among us, join in our foolish forefather's indignation, when the ONE WHO ordered, shuns the sacrificial supper we fashioned in the kitchen of sin. 

".... he was afraid, and said, how dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of GOD, and this is the gate of heaven."  We are entertaining a dangerous flippancy today in our approach to HOLY GOD; and the departure of HIS glory is preceded only by the departure of HIS fear.  "GOD is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about HIM."  There is little left of this in our churches where the sign demanding: 'Remove all shoes', has itself been removed: "... put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."  ... and in turn, we brazenly flitter in and out, tracking the muck of levity right up to the vegetarian buffets we prepare on a weekly basis.

"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established." 
At the risk of oversimplifying this, our feet are critical to a walk with GOD.  In today's text, Solomon suggests the "foot" is but a mode of transport for the ear, rather than a shuttle for the fools sacrifice. 
"THY word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."  The parts of our anatomy, employed as porters to a vain offering, would be better checked at the door, with our shoes, that the ear be afforded a leg up in the presence of GOD. 

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."  Leave your vegetable stand behind and set your course for CHRIST, and the supper of perfection HE bids us to.

"... that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of GOD, which is the church of the living GOD, the pillar and ground of the truth."

For Love of Country
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
(Preacher of the Great Awakening)
"There is no leveler like Christianity, but it levels by lifting all who receive it to the lofty table-land of a true character and of undying hope both for this world and next."

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