When no one else can help!
By Pastor Doug Cox
After having a very disturbing two-part dream in which I first saw a dangerous trench along a gravel road that I would never want to enter and then in the second part I found myself in that trench and don’t know how I got there. I was very concerned because the trench walls had collapsed and undermined the roadway above. On the surface everything looked fine but if any kind of traffic passed over it, it would collapse. I was freaking out because I couldn’t get out to warn anybody, not even with a ladder. Where the ladder came from, I don’t know, but it wasn’t tall enough to get me out. I woke up wondering if the dream meant anything or not. After spending some time praying in the spirit, the Lord gave me three things we can do to help us avoid danger when no one else can help.
One – Be on guard.
We need to pray about the decisions we make in life and the direction we are going. Things can look good on the surface but have underlying dangers. If you are a Christian, you have the right to be led by the Lord. Romans 8:14 says “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” We should pray “Lord lead me away from and make me aware of unseen dangers.”
Two – We need to follow peace.
Have you ever made the decision to do something that you didn’t have peace about and then regretted that decision later? Sometimes it is not going to be people who warn you about danger but the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul after writing to us about our responsibility to be kind, humble, meek, forgiving, etc. tells us to “…let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) Avoiding danger and trouble in life can be as simple as following peace.
Three – Be obedient to the Lord’s direction.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:13 to “enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Over and over we read of how God’s people in the Old Testament refused to obey His directions and ended up in trouble and even in bondage for it. The Apostle Peter instructs us to “…gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance.” (See 1st Peter 1:13-14).
More than ever in this volatile world we live in we should be on guard, follow peace and be obedient to the Lord and it will help us avoid hurtful, hidden pitfalls in life.