Echoes from the Campfire

All a man could do was go on; but I had found that many a problem is settled if a man just keeps a-going.”
–Louis L’Amour (Killoe)

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
–Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
“Leaning on the old top rail
Of the big corral…”

Now, here’s an important point, so listen up. A person could not lean on the old top rail, nor could they sit there if it wasn’t held up by a couple of ol’ fence posts. Rails are easily repaired, painted, and/or replaced. The same is not true with the fence post. That post has to be solid, firm in the ground so that rails and other such items can be attached.
It’s very important that fence posts are made and set in the ground to withstand the weather that may come its way. Let the winds howl, the rains and snow come, and the fence post will still be there. That is determined primarily by how deep it was posted in the ground, and let me tell you that takes work. I was ponderin’ that with all of the gyms around today such as Gold’s and how they promise you bodies made of steel, silver, or diamond, there should be manly men out there to bear the storms. By the names of the gyms they attend they should be glistening and really, that is about as far as it gets. The problem they have is they are not posted deep. They may look good, and may look like they could bear the storms, but if they are not posted deep and solid, they are in for the short haul. And if they really want a workout they should try digging a few post holes, especially in rocky, rough, uneven terrain.
Solid is the key; unwavering no matter the blast. That only comes through study in the Word, not just a little dab here and there. There is so much to dig deep into, so much that God has if only we would take time to dig the posthole deep. It is only then that man can withstand the storms of this life.

“There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth.”
–Psalm 78:69 (NLT)

The Lord made His sanctuary as solid and enduring as the earth. Hmmm, seems to me I recall that now, we are the temple, the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps we should look to see if we are solid. Perhaps we should allow the Holy Spirit to post us.
I think that maybe the thing that the devil detests most is marriage. There is so much to write about marriage and it even goes into the theological realm. Let me give you one thought of why the devil hates marriage. Marriage is a unity! It is one, yet it consists of two people. Man and woman become “one” and it is the same term and thought of the Trinity where the Bible declares, “The Lord is one!”
Lucifer wanted to be “god” and do it by himself. He could not stand the thought of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He could not stand the unity of the Trinity. He sees that same thing with a husband and a wife. A couple now become one and if they are believers they can add God to their unity. Look at the attacks on the family. Look at the attacks on marriage. Now, look at the current attacks on gender. All seek to destroy the marriage the way God intended. No wonder God exclaimed, “’For I hate divorce!’ says the Lord, the God of Israel. ‘To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. ‘So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.'” (Malachi 2:26, NLT)
The idea is that in marriage God has put them together–they are one. “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” (Mattew 19:6, HCSB) Since marriage is from God the enemy of our souls seeks to destroy it. He will do anything in his power to rip apart oneness.