It’s easy to draw certain lessons from Gov. Sanford’s recent “fall”. But what really stuns us and what I feel is a deeper lesson is how stupid it all was and he’s not thought of as a]]> But then we aren’t either and we do stupid stuff, too. “But not THIS stupid!” we think. I don’t know about that. I look back now and wonder how I could have been so stupid at points in my life.
This is the lesson we need to learn: AS SOON AS WE LEAVE GOD AND HIS PRINCIPLES, WE GET STUPID. ANY STUPIDITY ON OUR PART IS POSSIBLE. Just as Eve and Adam fell immediately, our fall will be just as swift. Why? Because that thought that is not God’s thought is the enemy’s thought, and like God said to Cain early on, “…and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Genesis 4:7 Jesus put it this way to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Luke 22:31 KJV
I would like to say something profound at this time, but this is so profound, I don’t know what else to say. AS SOON AS WE LEAVE GOD, WE GET STUPID. This should rule our lives: stay close to God! “Watch it, Midge, you’ve left God.” WWJD is the same principle because He never left God. I leave God. I try not to leave God. I try real hard. And I don’t even know when I’m doing it. But it’s gotten to the point that I recognize it much earlier. That is the wonderful blessing that comes with walking with Him a long time. You hear the early adjustments…”a little to the right….a little to the left….”
Sometimes we think we’re with God and we are really putting to God thoughts and rules He doesn’t have. We become our own god. But then, what else is new.? That’s the Second Commandment: having no other gods before Him. I become my own god!!! And then when I fall, I really am hurt and stunned. And even then, I don’t always realize what just happened and blame others, including God. “Why didn’t You help me?” He never says, or at least rarely says, “Because you thought you could handle it by yourself, I let you.” We get prideful and He lets us be humiliated.
Oh, wonderful humiliation. That we should finally see our error so we can come back into fellowship with a living, loving, powerful God that loves us. Don’t run from your humiliation and try to hide it all the more. No, no, no! Admit it, embrace it and rise above it. Laugh again and sing the praises of Him who has raised you up again.
“Oh, heavenly Father. I wish I didn’t need to learn things the hard way. I haven’t all things. Some things seem to have come to me so naturally, and it’s even those things that have brought me down because they led me to be prideful. Even my good points!!! Especially my good points. My weaknesses I see and pray over and run to You. But not the good things. How many ways they can lead me astray; working too hard with them, being legalistic, judgmental of others, not giving the glory to You, etc. Oh, sinner that I am, saved by grace. Oh, how precious Your grace is to me. Forgive me Lord again, for I have come short again. I have gotten into my own ways instead of Yours. Help me, strengthen me, and keep me covered with Your protecting wings. I pray all this in the precious name of Jesus.”
How terrible that Governor Sanford has had this happen to him, his family, and the larger world he serves. But I believe the latter will be greater than the former and he will sing the victory for many years to come. The reason I say this is because he has already run to the counsel of godly men.
And now I send you to report for duty; for the fields are ripe unto harvest and surely the Father will send you there. But if He tells you to tarry, do that instead. You evidently need it.
Love, your sister in Christ,