Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Walking Stick ~

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:10 

Today the lesson is from Chapter 13 of Meeting God in Quiet Places: The Cotwold Parables. It makes an analogy of the friendship of God to a walking stick. How can they possibly be compared? They are both friends!

LaGard has a plain old walking stick that he carries with him on every walk in the Cotswolds. And his walking stick has become like a friend to him, something he doesn't want to leave behind because it has become his companion.

It was King  David  who said that  his "rod and staff" comforted him. And David also said, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." For David, his rod was a stick of protection against any enemy or threat--a means of self-defense. And as a staff, it was a benign, peaceful walking stick, which was his friend and faithful companion.

And so the daily message for LaGard is that through good times and bad, his walking stick reminds him that God is his rod and his staff--both protection and faithful friend. Both sides are necessary for God to be the kind of God He is. He provides protection for you on one side and His friendship on the other. Jesus is now our protector and friend, a relationship symbolized by the walking stick.

 It was the apostle Paul who prayed that the believers in Ephesus would come to know God: "his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms...." Our God is not weak...He is the risen Savior of the world. Our God has power over death itself!

More tomorrow on this subject. I hope your Saturday is a wonderful day!

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