The Only Safe Way
George Adam Smith tells about climbing a mountain on a stormy day with two guides along. They made their climb on the sheltered side. When they neared the top, Smith was excited about the view before him and about having reached the summit. He sprang to the top of the peak and was almost blown over the edge by the wind. One of the guides caught hold of him and pulled him down, saying: “On your knees, sir. You are safe here only on your knees.”
Every walk of life has its dangers. Every kind of career has its temptations. Every relationship has potential pitfalls. At every age in our life, we are susceptible to certain evil influences. Whether we are rich or poor, formally educated or graduates of the school of hard knocks, young or old or in between, life has a way of testing us.
In the Old Testament, Balaam was just sure there was a way to serve God and money at the same time. He was fatally wrong. Samson thought he could keep on giving in to his passions and still be God’s deliverer. He gained a different insight after he had been blinded and enslaved. No one had ever walked any closer to God than David. Yet, surely no one ever fell any further or harder than “the man after God’s own heart.”
The point? No matter how confident we feel…no matter how far we’ve come or what victories we have won…this life has danger waiting at every bend in the road. We must not only have a past with God. We must have a present filled with His presence. We must be in touch with Him. We cannot do it alone.To think we can is to step into harm’s way.
Beloved, remember, in our lives here, we are only safe upon our knees.