Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Checkerboard Floor

Today while my husband was speaking at the Retirement community where we do services
,  I was looking at the black and white tiled floor.  I noticed how the black tiles showed all the white specks of dirt and dust and the white tiles showed all the dark dirt. 

We have a friend who has just this pattern of floor in much of their downstairs and he has told me it is very difficult to keep clean.

"Every speck of dirt shows up on it," he explained.

If the tiles were tan or grey, or even patterned, that would not be the case.  It is the stark whiteness which shows up the dark dirt so well and the solid darkness which showcases the white dust so clearly.

There are some who have rejected the Bible because they say it is "too black and white."  Meaning that the lines between right and wrong are too clearly delineated.  These are people who would prefer a bending of those definitions. . .perhaps the idea that "if it feels right, do it."  But that is not the truth as the Scriptures present it.  In fact, the Scriptures are very much like the black and white tiled floor.  The black tiles show up white dust and specks while the white tiles show dark dirt and grime.

The Scriptures are given in our lives for "doctrine,  for reproof,  for correction,  for instruction in righteousness:" and to be a "discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  The more we avail ourselves of the Scriptures, the more immerse ourselves in it's truths, the more it will work it's work as a "two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow."

The Bible, which seems too "black and white" for some, is exactly the spotlight the Lord intends to point out what needs correction, to instruct us in righteousness and to reveal the very thoughts and intents in our heart that we can never reveal by ourselves.  

Psalm 119:11
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, 
that I might not sin against Thee."

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