There is a spur on the 11,239 ft. Mount Hood where a small rock shelter stands firm against the winds of time. Atop this small ridge is a spectacular view of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, hundreds of square miles of valleys, streams, lakes, and hills carpeted with green forests. I love the high ground. There are few things in life more beautiful than standing in thin air to watch the sun rise in silent majesty over a glacier-covered volcano and all that surrounds it. It is not hard to understand why Oregon and Washington are called “God’s country.”
King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:18,19, “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday. But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they don’t know what makes them stumble.” Was it from his chariot on the heights of Jerusalem that he followed shafts of sunlight as they worked their way across the Kidron valley and formed an illustration in his mind?
The longer one travels the highway of morality, the clearer the way becomes. Righteousness refuses to wind in the confusing circles of rationalism. Virtue understands and avoids the eroding torrents of carnality. Probitybypasses depravity’s boulders.
The Heavenly Father shines forth His holiness as the foundation of the moral road. He projects His truth through His word. “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path” (Psa. 119:105). God recognized our immoral condition, and in the deepest of love, He sacrificed His Son to enable us to abandon the hopeless farragoof sin and its freeway to hell.
But who of us sees Jesus? He is no longer here on earth. So the One who once stated, “I have come as a light into the world” (John 12:46),enlightened His own followers. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden . . . In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mat. 5:14,16).
If we neglect to be moral people, we extinguish our light. This means we are not only involved in darkness, but we are also depriving those already stumbling of our holy beams. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit” (Gal. 5:24,25). Yes, morality matters. The higher we climb the better we see the way.
Psalm 19:9--The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.
Purity is too deep for me to get to naturally.—Oswald Chambers inMy Utmost For His Highest
Purity is not a question of doing things rightly, but of the doer on the inside being right . . . No man is born pure: purity is the outcome of conflict. The pure man is not the man who has never been tried, but the man who knows what evil is and has overcome it.—Oswald Chambers in Studies on the Sermon on the Mount
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)