Ruby Beach, Wa. L M Johnson, Used by permission
I am reading a very old book (1916) by A.B. Simpson called ‘Wholly Sanctified’. “Sanctification”, that Christian 64 dollar word, that means at its core God wants to shine His light into every part of our lives.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body
be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I Thessalonians 5:23
But oh, that holiness process—I stumble and fall in fits and starts and give up and take back and start over again and repent and yield…..thank God for His daily new mercies!
I was thinking about the title of this Blog—Three Way Light—illuminating, shining and warming for God’s glory. It also made me think of the (obvious!) stoplight picture—
red, yellow and green.
Red is ‘stop’, Green is ‘go’ and yellow is ‘go faster’, right?
(Ever wondered why the red light is on the top of a stoplight? I have.)
The red light is the most important one—STOP! This will save your life if there is impending danger. But before we get to the red light, God is often blinking his yellow light at us.
Back to that yellow light–it is NOT go faster—it is, “CAUTION–you’re getting off course here. The goal is to get you to holiness, to make you whole, all of you–Spirit, Soul and Body.”
I’ve been reading through Psalm 119 this year, all 22 sections of it. I began the process last year and wanted to repeat it annually—God’s word never changes but we change and we hear differently, so re-reading and repeating is a good thing.
Yesterday I read v. 64
“The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes.”
There are 7 different covenant words throughout Psalm 119 that are used—commandments, word, rules, precepts, statutes, law, testimonies.
Today my cry is,
“Father, Show me your steadfast love, help me to see that ‘Caution’ light when I need to slow down. Teach me your statutes so I can hear your ‘Go!’ when it’s time to go, and give me your grace to come screeching to a halt when the light says ‘Stop.’