Watch The Edge

Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up. Galatians 6:6 WEB

As I fell through the air from the top of the building in seemingly slow-motion, my Dad's words came back to mind. He had just warned me to watch my balance and to not get too close to the edge because we were working several floors up in the air, but I was young and indestructible at the time.

We were constructing a three story office building and setting the rafters in place on top of the walls, when I lost my balance and fell over the side. Gravity took over and I had no more control over the situation. Thank God I landed in a huge sand pile that the brick masons had placed there and I did not get a scratch. Next to where I landed were tall stakes sticking out of the ground that could have killed me.

Many times in life we are near a dangerous situation and God warns us to stay balanced and stay avoid the fringes. Still, we go our own way because after all, we know what is really best for us. When we forego all of the warnings, go over the edge and start our descent down, we finally crash. At this point we sometimes accuse God of hitting us with the sidewalk, when actually it was our idea and what we wanted. When we break natural laws and reap the consequences, He is not to blame. We reap just what we sow.

Being a Christian does not make you exempt from reaping your harvest. The seeds that you continue to sow in your life will eventually take root and grow. That is why Jesus said to 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' (Luke 6:31). Too many times we have dealt with Christians that would take advantage of us using the 'You have to forgive them' attitude to cover the plain fact of them ripping us off.

Stay away from the edges. The Old Testament plagues always seemed to start on the fringes of the camp and never in the Holy of Holies where God's presence resided. Try and stay balanced, centered, grounded, and keep in mind that tomorrow we will reap what we have sown today. If the sidewalk has hit you in the face, don't blame God for it. Just get back up and dust yourself off. The next time we will be more careful and listen to that still, small voice inside that warns us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you protect me from getting out of balance and help me press deeper into Your presence. Draw my heart to seek Your face and consume that which holds me back, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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