READ : Hebrews 12:10-13
The following statement by H.H. Farmer gets at the core truth about holiness: “If you go against the grain of the universe you get splinters.” Do we want splinters?
Years ago I ran a needle-sharp firewood splinter into my thumb. It broke off under the skin, and the staph infection that developed required surgery. Now the nerve at that spot is dead. If I had just worn gloves, I could have avoided the pain and loss.
What happens when we violate God’s scheme for our universe?
We tarnish the splendor of God’s people.
We shutter our eyes to divine majesty.
We lose out and grovel in our own stupidity.
We get splinters instead of heaven-sent joy.
So how can we reverse our relentless push against the grain of God? Here are three remedies:
Accept God’s discipline. It is always best.
Strive for a harvest of right and peace.
Walk in a straight path even when others don’t.
And have a splinter-less day, friend of God!
Lord, stir in me the desire to gaze on your glory and embrace your holy agenda for the world and myself.