Proverbs 3:1-15 “1 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; 2 For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. 3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not reject discipline of the LORD Or loath His reproof, 12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. 13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.”

Proverbs 3:1-15 “1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

2 For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body

And refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD from your wealth

And from the first of all your produce;

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty

And your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not reject discipline of the LORD

Or loath His reproof,

12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves,

Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom

And the man who gains understanding.

14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver

And her gain better than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels;

And nothing you desire compares with her.”

trust IN HIM! Always! Eternally!!

the polar express

“Are you sure?”

This is a question that is asked quite often.

By us,

to ourselves, others, even GOD.

by others,

as they question us.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with this scene from the movie “The Polar Express”. I’ve watched it a lot this season, and not a mistake either, because The Lord GOD OF ALL has shown me how similar the lesson in this particular scene is to us as we walk with, by and follow the Lord our Eternal Good Father and Shepherd, GOD!

If you’ve seen the polar express, you know that the overall central theme and message in the movie is: truly believing. And we know, as followers of CHRIST, that truly believing doesn’t always mean “without tests of your belief.” If you haven’t seen this movie or have simply forgotten what is going on, I’m gonna break this scene down: The main character walks in (or should I say, tumbles) to see the girl who’s ticket he lost, then found, driving the train. He is confused and she explains to him that she is there because they are fixing the light in the front of the train. She shows him all of the levers and knobs, telling what each one is, the brake, the ___, even, yes, the whistle. They are taken by surprise as they are commanded by the engineer in front yelling at them to “Stop the train! Stop the train!”. And they immediatneky rush over to the levers. The boy asks “Which one is the brake?!” The girl points to a golden lever and says “This one!” He questions her, “Who told you that?” She responds: “The engineer!”

pause.

 

Engineer: a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.

“A railroad engineer does much more than just drive the train – he or she is ultimately responsible for the entire train during a run.”

 

Proceed.

The boy questions her, “The engineer?” He points to a red lever and asks, “What about this one that looks like a brake?”

pause. “looks like.” Proceed:

 

She responds, “No no____”

the boy asks her, “Are you sure?”

she suddenly looks confused and becomes worried.

“Are you sure?” he asks again, this time her response is shown in her reaction in her face, and she sits down and covers her eyes. She peeps through her hands to watch the boy first go towards the red lever, even placing his hands on it, but looking at her he reconsiders and pulls the golden lever, the correct lever, the brake, and the train stops.

 

im in no way shape or form trying to or comparing THE GOD to santa claus and our walk and relationship with HIM to the polar express movie, but we can sure relate to the message in this particular scene.

James 1 Testing Your Faith:1-4 “1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be lacking in nothing.”

 

We will have trials, we will have testing of our faith in THE GOD!

 

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

 

and some one of these trials and testings can come from even the smallest of words. How ironic is it that a question that asks about what you are sure of, what you know, can make you so unsure, just because the other person may not be sure about what you are SURELY SURE about. Confused? I pray not 😂.

Like i said before, this question is asked quite often, by ourselves and others. And a lot of the time the “Are you sure?” comes during the pressure,  during the “stop the train!-now what do we do?!-” situations.

When we are in this situation, when we are under pressure and we are followers of Christ and someone else is not, we know what we know because of WHO we know and what HE, THE GOD THE ETERNALLY has told us and we point to what we know because we know that it will work, God gave us that golden lever and told us what it is for, and we know this. We are asked by non-believers, “What should we do in this situation? There are so many options, which is the correct one?!” And we point to the golden lever, we show them, we are sure of this because THE ETERNAL ENGINEER WHO IS IN CONTROL has told us that this is the brake. This is it.

And then they question us.

that tiny, three word sentence catches us off guard sometimes.

“Are you sure?”

we say yes.

“But how do you know?! Who told you?!”

“The Engineer! God told me! I know HIM and HE told and tells and teaches me!!”

and then they question, Him, The GOD of the universe Who created it and them.

“The Engineer? But… what about this red lever that LOOKS LIKE the brake?”

we repeat, “No no, it’s this one.”

“Are you sure?”

We suddenly begin to question what THE GOD has told us, Complete fulfilled eternal SURENESS HIMSELF has told us to be sure of, this lever and how it will help us. He knows. And just like that, because of the other’s unbelief, we begin to question ourselves, we panic, and we place our hands over our eyes and cover our face, we try to hide because we don’t know what to do. Their unsureness makes us question what Surety Himself THE ETERNALLY has told us.

and it doesn’t matter which lever may look like the brake, there can be only one. The Truth. The true eternal brake that can stop the train when we are in this situation.

Because souls in the world are so USED TO what the world has thought a brake should look like, red, people will begin to associate the red lever, anything other than the golden one, to “the brake”, to what they need, or to what they need to “pull” or turn to, even in pressure. But we know, because God knows and has so graciously told and taught and teaches us, that there is only one and nothing else will satisfy. No other lever on that panel will stop the train EXCEPT THE BRAKE. The Truth. There is only one truth, HIM.

But on the flip side, on the opposite end of the tracks(haha), it’s not an unbeliever questioning our faith or even us questioning ourselves and what we know to be the truth, but when we question, GOD HIMSELF!

yes, when we question The God of the universe. When we’re under pressure, in the situation of a dark valley and we are called to stop the train, to be still, or when something doesn’t go the way we had thought it would, and God tells us to pull the brake. He taught us from the beginning which lever the brake was, He teaches us where to run to, but then we question HIM.

“are YOU sure, God? Because this red lever looks like a brake so it looks like what i think i need to do!”

He assures us that HE is sure of what we know.

And sometimes we listen, and sometimes we question HIM even more.

“But God, this one really looks like the right decision. I mean, i know You’re The Engineer, Conductor, and in complete eternal control of the train and everything, and i know YOU showed me what everything was at the beginning and so graciously taught me and showed me, but this realllllllly looks like the brake and what a brake is supposed to look like.”

and He will remind us that His ways are higher, and that He is not of the world and His ways, the WAY, the ETERNAL TRUTH, is and will be and look different than the world.

Isaiah 55:8-9

8 “For My thoughts are not Your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways

And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So when your faith is tested, are you going to trust completely IN GOD? Because trusting completely fully surely eternally IN HIM doesn’t mean that there will not be trials and you won’t worry, because you’re not perfect, im not perfect, God is the eternal perfection HIMSELF, we are imperfect and never can be perfect humans. Trusting completely IN GOD means that during the tough, hard, rough, pressure-filled times we will remember HIM, remember what HE has taught, does teach and will teach us, because we know and are sure of Him, even when we may not know what’s next, only He does. He helps us. He will never leave nor forsake us.

and unlike this movie, unlike any comparison you can ever think of, God is in COMPLETE CONTROL. He is in charge, He directs our paths, leads us and guides us and runs to us when we get off track. He has placed the eternal golden lever, if you will, in our lives: Him. He wants us to run and turn to HIM! He is our help and strength. He is the Way the Truth and The Life The Eternally!! Amen.

 

Praying for y’all.

also, here’s the link to the clip in the movie:

Part 2 to this post coming soon!!

 

Matthew 5:16-17 “16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

John 14:6 “6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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