24/08/2022 by Rev. Doug Walker 0 Comments
As seen in the HEARTbeat and Village Voice
Perspective! It’s all about how you look at things isn’t it. The old saying is, “The
grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence).” This old saying is so indicative
of the way we humans look at things and how we desire a change, more, or better than we
already have. Most of the time, we just “want” the newer or upgraded item while never
going through any problem solving process to determine why we no longer desire what
we have! I will spare you the mundane details of the multitude of processes, but suffice it
to say, there are definite reasons the grass is greener on the other side of the fence!
It takes effort to keep a lawn looking good. It, of course, requires water. This
summer has been exceptionally hot with little rain. Many lawns have shown the stress of
the heat, and even the trees are beginning to turn brown. Feeding a lawn with fertilizer,
weed killer, and other herbicides are necessary to have that golf course-looking lawn.
Bottom line is it takes work to achieve the lawn others peer over their fences to admire
and, dare I say, covet.
Success also takes effort. The nation of Israel had been in captivity for over 400
years. They were subject to the taskmaster’s whip. At first they lived in Egypt as a free
people. When the ruling Pharaoh discovered the Hebrew people were becoming more
numerous than the Egyptians, he put them under the thumb of Egypt and made them
slaves of the state. In other words, the minority in Egypt wanted the perceived power of
the majority, and they were going to do anything to make it so. Eventually God’s people
were delivered from Egyptian slavery and started their four-decade journey to the
Promised Land. They labored yet they were delivered.
People want what they don’t have. Or sometimes people want to force their
opinion on others and make them believe as they do. This is so apparent today. It seems
we can’t have a differing opinion from someone else because we will then receive
“labels.” We as humans want change, but then when we get what our eyes desire, it
never seems to be as satisfying as we thought it should be and we start looking for the
greener grass all over again.
There is one constant in this world which has never changed nor will it ever, and
that is God. His Holy Word is true, infallible, and inerrant. It has changed lives for the
better throughout history and will continue to do so in the future. God is the same way.
He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow; He does not change! This should be
extremely comforting to an ever-changing world!
In our world of power-shifting, philosophical and ideological differences, societal
differences, and majority/minority viewpoints, it should be said our God is not a new God
or a progressive God. Our God is a constant God. Next time we use God’s Word as a
foundation for a discussion, know His foundation will never fail and never waiver.
Thanks be to Him who never will fail His children!