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By Ivy Joy Johnson
The Joy Mission 

Delta Dawn When The Light Comes On Week 15

 

April 20, 2022 | View PDF

The Kingdom of Righteousness exercises discipline, an artform of self-control. 

No automatic shift!  Good character is humility, forgiveness and patience bred into, taught to and caught by our youth.  Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  

A Fence or An Ambulance?

“‘Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed, though to walk near its crest was so pleasant; but over its terrible edge there had slipped a duke and full many a peasant.  So the people said something would have to be done, but their projects did not at all tally; some said, “put a fence around the edge of the cliff,” some “an ambulance down in the valley.”

“But the cry for the ambulance carried the day, for it spread through the neighboring city; a fence may be useful or not, it is true, but each heart became brim-full of pity for those who slipped over the dangerous cliff; so the dwellers in highway and alley gave pounds or gave pence, not to put up a fence, but an ambulance down in the valley. 

“For the cliff is alright, if you’re careful,” they said, “And if folks even slip and are dropping, it isn’t the slipping that hurts them so much, as the shock down below when they’re stopping.”  So, day after day, as these mishaps occurred, quick forth would those rescuers sally to pick up the victims who fell off the cliff, with their ambulance down in the valley.

“Then an old sage remarked: “It’s a marvel to me that people give far more attention to repairing results than to stopping the cause, when they’d much better aim at prevention.  Let us stop at its source all this mischief,” cried he.  “Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally; if the cliff we will fence we might almost dispense with the ambulance down in the valley.” …

“Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old, for the voice of true wisdom is calling, “To rescue the fallen is good, but ‘tis best to prevent other people from falling”.  Better close up the source of temptation and crime than deliver from dungeon or galley; better put a strong fence ‘round the top of the cliff than an ambulance down in the valley.”  Joseph Marlins (1895),

Friends, time is short, the journey to understanding bumpy, but a resolve to hear God’s Word provides a hedge of protection from pleasanter ‘green pastures’. 

 “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion (judging justly and reasoning rightly) will preserve you.  Understanding will keep you to deliver you…” Proverbs 2:10, 11.  

Next Week:  Power Steering

 

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