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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)

It's obvious to even the most casual observer that different people have
different standards that are acceptable to them. In some cases it makes no
real difference in life, yet in other cases it does.


For example; for the past couple of weeks my wife has been ill and because
of that I have been 'helping' with some of the household duties. (I offer a
special thank you to each of the ladies in our church who have offered to
help.) Yesterday I had solid proof that my wife is recovering. How? By the
fact that "husband clean," was no longer sufficient for her. It was just
little things, but I picked up on them. Things like the comment: "You know;
the kitchen floor really needs moped." I thought it looked fine. I had wiped
up the spots where I had dropped food! Then there was the fact that she
grabbed the hand vacuume and cleaned up flower pedals and assorted other
things in the living room that I hadn't even seen. So, "husband clean," was
not up to her standards of what is acceptable. I have no excuse; after all,
I am a husband and my ways are not her ways of doing things.


One of the things about standards is that they often change. You don't have
to look to hard to understand that our society's standards have shifted
dramatically concerning what is right and wrong or what is acceptable or
unacceptable. God has set standards in regards to what is acceptable in
terms of morality, acceptable worship and ethical behavior.


Our society, for the most part, says there are no hard fast standards for
morality; just do whatever makes you feel good. Our society says, there are
no standards for worship, just do whatever makes you feel good. Our society
says there are no standards for ethics; just go with whatever profits you
the most. Look at the corruption of our world. Think about the
thoughtlessness of our government leaders for the people they govern. Think
about the immorality that is flaunted by the world's entertainment community
and is mimicked by those they influence.


These standards of living and action are not acceptable to our God, even
though men say it makes no difference. God said through the prophet Isaiah,
"'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,'
declares the LORD." (Isaiah 55:8)


The problem is that there are so very many in our world who either don't
take the time to read what God says concerning His standards, or they
disregard His words as being old fashioned and say that God wouldn't
possibly expect us live by those standards proclaimed in His book today.


Paul writes these words of warning in 1Corinthians 6:9-11, "Or do you not
know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be
deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men
who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor
slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what
some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our
God."


Now I'm pretty sure that some who read these words will take offence at
them, but you know what, you aren't offended at me, you are offended at God.
He wrote them, I just pointed them out to you. God tells us basically, "My
standards are not your standards, and your ways are not my ways, what you
call right is not really right, what you call clean is not really clean."
You see, it's no different than my cleaning the house for my wife, what is
an acceptable standard to me is not to her. And if truth be told, I like her
standard of cleanliness and God's standard for living better.


Russ Lawson

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