From the DayBreaks archive, October 2010:
The island of Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. As such, it has a long history. Some of the history is beautiful and amazing, but it also has its dark moments.
Before Kauai became part of King Kamehameha’s unified Hawaiian island kingdom, Kauai had its own kings who lived high up in the mountains in the center of the island. The kingship would be passed from father to son as was typical in most monarchies. When it came time for the wife of the king to give birth, she would come down from the mountain to a heiau (a holy place of worship) where she would give birth. If the child that was born was a daughter, the baby would be automatically welcomed into the royal family. If, however, the baby was a boy, a test was required to determine if the child was worthy to be a successor to the king. After the child was born, the umbilical cord of the baby boy was wrapped in ti leaves and placed outside of the enclosure where the mother and baby boy would spend the night. If the rats came during the night and ate the umbilical cord, it was believed that the boy was not worthy to be an heir to the kingdom and he would be put to death. The boy would survive only if the umbilical cord was still intact and hadn’t been eaten by rats during the night.
As I heard about this practice of the ancient residents of Kauai, I couldn’t help but draw a contrast between this chance-laden, horrendous practice and how God deals with us. The writer of the letter to the Romans describes our relationship with the King: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. – Romans 8:17
Are any of us worthy to be joint heirs with Jesus? Absolutely not! Does God leave us outside the door to see what chance may play into our future? No. Does He accept us only if we pass some test? Yes, and no. The test is a simple one: will you put your faith in My Son? That’s it. It’s not left to some rat to determine our fate, nor is it even up to Satan to determine our fate. God leaves it to us, in a way, to make the choice that will allow us to be accepted as His sons and daughters.
Have you chosen yet? Eternity is hanging in the balance.
PRAYER: How thankful we are that You have a heart that is willing and eager to adopt us as Your children, to give us, along with Jesus, all things! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>