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Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)
TITLE: The Secret of Peaceful Co-existence
By Shanta Richard
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Storm clouds gathered on a summer sky. In the warmth of the night the cicada insects gathered on the trees and began to play their welcome song to the rain. There must have been thousands of them and yet their music was flawless, not a chord was out of place, not a note sounded jarring. They played in unison and one accord as if God’s unseen hand was conducting their orchestra. They had learnt the secret of peaceful co-existence as they practiced their music in perfect agreement with each other and God.
Golden leaves fluttered down from the trees in the cool autumn breeze. Up in the sky the geese were flying south to warmer climates. They flew in faultless formation following an invisible pathway chartered out for them by the hand of God. As they flew in absolute agreement with each other, their wings did not touch and their bodies did not collide in mid-air. They knew the secret of peaceful co-existence.
As I considered the peaceful rhythm of the world of nature I wondered at the chaos and confusion that is part of the world of man. God gave the same blessings to all His creation, “Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” But to man He gave the added blessing of Free Will – he could agree or disagree with God’s plan and will for him.
And thus it was that where God had created the holy estate of marriage man went and created divorce courts – where God blessed man with children man decided to open abortion clinics – Where God had created His sanctuary in the midst of His people so they may worship and have fellowship with Him- man created bars and casinos so he could worship the devil. Man has used his gift of free will to create for himself a world totally in disagreement with God’s laws and precepts.
The secret of peaceful co-existence is the wisdom to make a choice between agreement and disagreement with God’s sovereign will for man. The only place man can get this wisdom is from the word of God.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
It is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness and ask for His guidance in making choices.
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