Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Pursuit of an Honorable Life

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  –Proverbs 26:1 (KJV)

We have had quite a weather experience here in southwest Virginia.  A week ago we had a few inches of heavy wet snow, and yesterday came an ice storm followed by a period of light snow.  I guess a smart approach to this weather would be to stay inside and watch it snow, but in my house we always want to get out in it if only for a little while.  Andrea and I could not resist a walk around the neighborhood, but our two dogs, Ada and Leon, had to stay behind as trying to walk them in such icy conditions could be tricky.  They settled for staying behind in the yard, but they weren’t happy about it. 

Snowy, icy, and dreary weather can be difficult, yet I tolerate it better by reminding myself that spring is only a short time away.  I appreciate spring more when I have gone through a hard winter, and here in southwest Virginia we have the most beautiful springtime I have ever witnessed.  This is the season of winter, right?  Therefore, we should not be surprised when harsh weather comes our way, including snow, ice, and blistering cold winds.  Yet, when it happens we often act surprised.  “Wow, can you believe this cold weather?  Look at all the snow!” What would truly surprise us, and throw us for a loop, would be a snowstorm in July.  Now that would be an occurrence.

The Word of God reminds us that snow in the winter is as common as foolish people behaving dishonorably.  Those without Christ who are living for themselves and lacking the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit will usually conduct themselves accordingly.  The examples of foolish behavior we see each day are too numerous to begin to list here.  We need only watch the evening news to find them.  I think of the man I read about who tried to rob a bank.  He went in the bank, handed the teller a note demanding cash and claiming he had a weapon, and then he fled with an undetermined amount of cash.  There was one problem.  He accidently left behind his note, which he had written on the back of one of his own deposit tickets.  The police went to his house a little while later and arrested him. 

Those desiring to live honest, decent, honorable lives seek to be upright in all their ways.  When guided by the Spirit of God, our conduct of righteousness is as common as the snow as winter.  We are blessed when we walk in godliness and integrity.  Perhaps you have failed in these areas.  Know there is grace in Christ and He is willing to help us to our feet and get us back on the right track.  Do not give up on living an honorable life.  With God’s help it can be done.

God bless you today.