Some time ago, an argument between Christian and Nicholas nearly came to blows. I separated the boys, they cooled down, and I brought them together to discuss what happened. Apologies were made and I instructed the boys to shake hands.
Like a gentleman, Christian thrust out his hand toward Nick. Nick, perplexed by the offering, leaned forward and flapped his hands up and down, obediently shaking them.
Christian’s eyes widened. I tried to stifle my laugh. Nick, appendages failing, awaited further instruction and probably wondered how in the world this was going to help them.
When things are uncertain or unclear we can flounder like Nicholas, flapping our hands and missing the point. I’m so thankful that God never left the necessities unsaid. He leaves no doubt as to what He requires of His creation.
God’s Word is clear.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
First posted April 27th, 2011