Shared August 3rd, 2014
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
In our last exhortation I started by saying I was reading this and that, bits and pieces of articles that crossed my path when suddenly I realized that I was absorbed in the word “bubble” and noticed that I was spending much time reading about bubbles. “Bubbles” caught my attention, and by bubbles I don’t mean the late Michael Jackson’s pet chimp.
We also talked about scuba-diving and I mentioned 2 things: one, that in deep water, the diver is surrounded by light and as a result, there’s no way that diver can decipher which direction is up; and, this is because the water diffuses the light (i.e., the reflected beam of the light is scattered or, diffused); two, the issue of weightlessness, the loss of gravity and the loss of any sense of gravity and becoming disoriented. Lets continue.
The scuba diver supervisory words to a learner are always important. The instructor will say that while under water and you want to find your way up, you may think and sense what you think is the way up and even believe that your air bubbles are going sideways. So convinced will you be of the truthfulness of your perception that you will even choose to ignore your bubbles and so proceed to go in the direction you think is up. As well, scuba diver supervisory actions will dictate or inform you to that no matter what, follow the bubble trail, while you also consider the current(s). Pro scuba divers say that in the case where a diver is searching the bottom, bubbles move in a regular pattern. If, on the other hand, the diver is working in place, the bubbles do not shift position and where the diver has fallen, the bubbles may move rapidly off in a straight line.
So when learning to scuba dive, one of the first lessons is to always trust and track your bubbles. You know, always follow your bubbles no matter how smart you are, no matter how you feel, no matter what you think; no matter how good a swimmer you may be or are; if not, you will find out how wrong you are but by then it will be too late; but your bubbles will always be right. Always.
Here’s my application. We so trust our feelings that we reject God’s Word. We do what we feel is good for us. Our society today is big on the porous philosophy of “If it feels good it must be right so I will do it, no matter what others say.” But feelings cannot be our ultimate authority because, as we all know, they are so changeable, and unreliable. I mean feelings come and they go, and you never even know what the next feeling is going to be, right? That is why sometimes you’re happy; sometimes sad, miserable or terrible; or sometimes you feel that all is well or sometimes that everything is going wrong; at times you feel like praying, sometimes thrilled just to be reading the Bible, and so on. Feelings. I guess what I’m saying is that if we choose to rely merely upon the pragmatic test of what makes us feel better, then verily, verily I say unto you, we have no standard whatsoever. None.
So, what am I saying? Follow those bubbles. What do I mean? Trust God and His inerrant Word, the Bible to see you through life. Like those underwater bubbles are always right, the Bible is always right. Always! You can take it to the proverbial bank.
Proposed prayer: “Dear God, thank You for Your Word, the Bible, and for giving us principles for healthy living and loving. Thank You for giving me feelings. I know they are important and I don’t have to deny or repress them because I can learn to trust them. Holy Spirit, please show me when to trust my interpretation of my feelings. In Jesus’ name I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen.”
Have a wonder-filled week.