you just might get what you want

“The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded
and are therefore self-enslaved.”

C.S. Lewis The Problem of Pain


(pretty little dahlia, not mine however—Julie Cook / 2017)

There it is again…
another quote from C.S. Lewis, each from the same book I referenced the other day—
Two random quotes that just so happened my way…???
Each from the same source???!!!…
Coincidence?????
I should think not….

So yes, I’ve ordered the book.

This morning I actually did something I would not have normally done.
I carved out time to sit and listen…
For you see I am a hit the ground running sort of individual—
a morning person who does her best work, thinking, cleaning, sorting, writing…
in the morning….
So for me to stop, sit and listen is a pretty big deal…
this as I often equate my sitting with wasting time…
as in I need to be about the task of doing whatever it is I need to be doing….

40 precious minutes afforded to listening to a sermon that was delivered Sunday at a
church in Scotland.
Now granted I would have much rather been in Scotland at the Church in person,
but an audio link in a blog post was as close as I was going to be getting any time soon.

It was a sermon delivered by Pastor David Robertson,
pastor of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland
and author of the Wee Flea Blog—a blog I’ve referenced before.

Pastor Robertson delivered a sermon on Romans 1:24-27.
A passage that just so happens to encapsulate Paul’s relaying of God’s thoughts of
human sexuality.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual
impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the
truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather
than the Creatorβ€”who is forever praised.
Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were
inflamed with lust for one another.
Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the
due penalty for their error.

Romans 1:24-27

Now I won’t rehash the sermon as I’ve provided a link if you’d like to either read
Pastor Robertson’s overview or actually listen to his sermon…
What the Bible Really Says About Sex and Sexuality

And it certainly was not my intent today to write a post on human sexuality but rather the
hand of God in our oh so screwed up world.
Of which I will do shortly, sexuality aside.

Yet I was struck by several quotes and remarks made by the good pastor as he actually
delivered this sermon before the world experienced Manchester’s horror.

His delivering of a sermon on such a topic was just happenstance as the passage was
just what came next in the study he had been presenting to his parish.
But it also came on the forefront of an important vote this week by the Church of
Scotland regarding its stance on same sex unions /marriages….
as in it, the Church, wishes to “keep” up with Scottish Law on the issue…
…oh if our Churches didn’t feel such a need….

(http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/archive/articles/general_assembly_allows_ministers_and_deacons_in_same-sex_marriages)

Yet I think a key statement in all of the sermon was, for me, that
“God is handing us over to what we want and what we have chosen”

Not that He is abandoning us or inflicting upon us but rather He is giving us over, freely,
to what it is we have wanted and chosen….
With that being a life of blatant disregard for His word.
For “we have exchanged God’s word for a lie.”

Yep, a lie.

As in now we’ve turned everything into something other than His word,
as is no longer His word but rather our restructuring, rewriting, redirecting.
Our word in order to make things fit all nice and neat for ourselves.
Fitting the rules for living into what we feel are these changing times…

And Heaven forbid that The Word of God should stand the test of time because obviously
anyone can see that He meant for us to switch things up as we culturally saw fit…
Meaning… as our culture changes and our desires and acceptance all change, then surely
God meant to be fluid…moving with said times.
As surely He would need to modernize that Word of His in order to accommodate our new
acceptances and beliefs in what is now right but once was oh so wrong….
so yeah, we best come up with a new translation, a refutation or a new interpretation to that
tired old Word of His.

Yeah, right…..
as I think we call that progressivism….
and God calls that disobedience….

One thing Pastor Robertson noted was that Jesus did not come to earth in order to confuse us.
He didn’t come to rewrite scripture.. to make it more applicable to the times—
quite the contrary—He came to fulfill the scripture.

So on this little thought, I will leave us today…
Leaving us all to ponder the notion of what it is that we have wanted and
what it is we have chosen…
And just so we can be clear as to what it is we’ve been handed over to…
as somehow I think it just might be related to living a life of being
freely left to our own devices…

But they say,
β€œIt is no use! We will follow our own plans,
and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of our evil will.”

Jeremiah 18:12

36 comments on “you just might get what you want

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    God doesn’t lead us into temptation, He allows us the free will to make our own choices. This is a perfect example of just that.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve read a lot of C.S.Lewis but not that one. I love his writing so please let us know how you get on. I’m sure you’ll find lots of quotes for your blog. Have you read the Screwtape Letters?

    • Sarah says:

      Actually I just checked and we do have The Problem of Pain. Oops. I shall have to re-read it because I’ve obviously forgotten it.

      • kind of like me with Mere Christianity—I have found, that depending where we are on our spiritual journeys, certain books and authors speak more readily at certain times rather than at other times πŸ™‚

      • Sarah says:

        Yes, that’s very true. When I first read The Story of a Soul I didn’t take to it at all. Then the second time I read it, maybe only a year later, it struck me so deeply that I took St Therese as my confirmation patron. Or she took me. πŸ˜‰

    • I actually had to read that when I was in high school in our youth group at Church—then I read to our son when he was little The Chronicles of Narnia…at some point in college I picked up Mere Christianity—but I don’t recall ever finishing it. I just found another copy amongst the books I was cleaning out at Dads and will give that another go as I wait for the The Problem With Pain….

  3. In my reading this morning of Jeremiah, I came across this passage:

    7 β€œI have abandoned my people, my special possession. I have surrendered my dearest ones to their enemies.
    8 My chosen people have roared at me like a lion of the forest, so I have treated them with contempt.
    9 My chosen people act like speckled vultures, but they themselves are surrounded by vultures. Bring on the wild animals to pick their corpses clean! Jeremiah 12:7-9 (NLT)

    His issue was His people were giving Him lip service, but really worshipping idols. He let them live out their own desires until He allowed them to reap the consequences of their choices. Our consequences are coming.

  4. Citizen Tom says:

    Made me think of this proverb.

    Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true. (from => http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/37/messages/1134.html)

    Why people cannot see the obvious puzzles me, but then I remember how long it took me to accept Jesus.

    We all have problems of some sort, and pride gets in the way in ways we refuse to admit.

    One of the most ironic things in the world is “gay pride”. When I was young, people did not talk about sex with children. So it took me quite awhile to figure out the “fact of life”. It never occurred to me to be proud of my ignorance. Yet when I consider the confusion of people parading their “gay pride” I cannot help but smile. In one sense it is not funny, I suppose. Still, I don’t doubt God has a sense of humor. Here I was embarrassed just because I was uncertain about the functions my private parts, but those guys are totally confused and bragging about it. Yet because they are shameless other people cheer them on. I wonder if God shakes His Head, knowing some of them will never get the joke.

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Comment in moderation.

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    This post has some good words to say about a difficult topic, and it points to Pastor Robertson’s post. May I suggest you take the time listen to the pastor’s sermon? When so many have fallen away — when so many neglect the study of their Bibles — those of us who still revere the Word of God need to prepare. We must be able to explain why we believe a passage of scripture that has become highly controversial.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, there is so much good “meat of the Word” here. You have written it so well. (I did get a like from you today on “…Louse” but nothing in comments. If you sent me a “hi there” it did not come through.)

    • I know Oneta, I did comment and it immediately wasn’t there when I hit send—check on your admn page in the comments and see if I’m there waiting for approval

      • oneta hayes says:

        And now I see you. πŸ˜€ You were in spam in the comments. I did not know how to go to that section. Thanks. I found a couple from previous. I’ll respond. I see that there is a place to mark “not spam.” If I do that will it straighten out the problem – or will it send you further into oblivion? πŸ˜€ I’ll get to my responses. I saw a few more in there I want to check on also.

      • Yay– yes mark not spam and I’ll show up 😍

  8. oneta hayes says:

    You will show up where? You’re not on the related posts, in the comments, or in e-mail. Now you can see why I have the nicest, most patient blogging friends ever! For now, I will respond to the driving situation. I am glad to report that the post was a fictional response to a picture prompt. It wasn’t me! I haven’t had to face that situation yet. Whee, thankfully. I guess I have empathized with my peers enough to make it sound authentic. And about the amazing experience with my Lord. I’m glad you could understand how awesome and holy that hour was to me. It certainly was a gift – I guess just pure love given for my edification. When my budget’s low and my body’s sick, I remember my blessings and see where/what my priorities are/should be. Thanks for the input and the help. πŸ˜€

    • when you “approve” the comment or mark as ‘not spam’–it just shows up under that post along with all the other comment
      s000 I won’t be in absentia—and this seems to happen from time to time—I wend up in spam and I’ve had others end up in spam–folks who I always chat with will suddenly disappear to that spam bin—I keep saying it’s a conspiracy πŸ™‚

      • oneta hayes says:

        Evil abounds to close the mouth of the good – that must be it, conspiracy. The way you describe does work with the comments but not with the comments that have been sent to spam. Maybe? Don’t know? Anyway you went puff when I checked “not spam.” You sure you are not involved with the Russians? πŸ˜€

      • neyt, uh, I mean no comrade, I mean friend…
        hahahahahaha

  9. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, your speech does belie you. I smell something fishy. – I had to use “smell” because it is SoCS prompt from Linda. I’m not sure whether I will write it tomorrow. As of now, however, friend hehe I’m bidding you Good Night.

  10. Hey Julie, David Robinson from @theweeflea gave you a shot out on Twitter on May 25th for your insight regarding his sermon from the previous week!! https://twitter.com/theweeflea/status/867722187276464129

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