DayBreaks for 10/01/14 – Don’t Go Over the Edge
Hebrews 12:25 (MSG) – So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings?
In every cliffhanger action movie, at some point in the chase scene an enormous chasm suddenly appears before the hero as he flees the bad guys. The only way across is an incredibly narrow, rickety, mostly-rotten bridge. The way forward looks terrible. But the way back is certain death. So, of course, our hero bravely steps or drives forward and steels himself to cross the abyss on the frail and shaky bridge.
“Cliffhangers” being appropriately named, the results are pretty predictable. Although the hero always manages to make it, the bridge itself collapses or is cut down by the bad guys, and the way across is lost for all time.
There is a reason bridges strike such fear into us at the thought of crossing over on them.
I have no problem driving a car across a bridge going 50-60-70 mph. Have you ever had a problem? When I’m going across I know there are huge drop-offs on either side of the bridge, but I never once have hugged the guard-rails or bumped into an iron barrier one on the way across. I’m never tempted to get close to the edge, and when a car edges me to the side, I negotiate the side of the bridge as if there were no safety rails.
But take away the scaffolding — take away the guard rails, the concrete and steel side girders, the bumper-barricades on the bridge – and I’m now a different driver. I’m crawling across that bridge 5 or 10 mph at best. Without any protection to keep my car from driving right off the bridge, I’m not sure I could even make it 100 yards across any bridge.
We all need guard rails and barriers. They help us get across the chasms and abysms of life. But the guard rails and barriers work best when they aren’t noticed, or celebrated, or even acknowledged. If they’re there, you don’t need them. If they’re not there, you and I can’t move, frozen in fear, or we risk going off the deep end.
PRAYER: Forgive our anger that does not work the righteousness of God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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