Give Me That Mountain

By Comparison

Health and Healing. Day sixteen...

“Ragamuffin” is a movie based on the life story of Rich Mullins, the Christian singer/songwriter who died at the age of forty‐one in a car wreck. If his name is not familiar to you, his song, “Awesome God,” probably is.

In the movie, when meeting his college roommate for the first time, Rich notices Sam's guitar case. Rich, who already has his guitar out, says something like, “So you play, too.” Sam, anxious to show off his talent, opens his case just as Rich begins to demonstrate his amazing talent. Sam's smile suddenly turns into an expression of awe, as he quietly closes his case and just sits there listening to Rich play.

guitar playing

It's easy enough for me to feel justified in my envy and hatred so long as I measure myself against myself.

But encountering the holiness of God burns away my self‐deception. And I suddenly become free to experience the truth.

So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. (Psalm 73:16‐17 NLT)

As we've discussed over the last few days, Asaph lived with envy and hatred for those who appeared to be getting away with murder. Nothing about this apparent injustice made any sense to him, until Asaph encountered the holiness of God.

Suddenly, Asaph realized that nobody really gets away with anything.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7 ESV)

As Asaph realizes the true consequences for those who think they're getting away with murder, it seems to me that his hatred changes into pity—if not compassion. It's pretty hard to hate people any longer after we realize they're not really getting away with anything.

The slippery road you've put them on, with a final crash in a ditch of delusions. In the blink of an eye, disaster! A blind curve in the dark, and—nightmare! We wake up and rub our eyes ... . Nothing. There's nothing to them. And there never was. (Psalm 73:18‐20 MSG)

At the time Asaph realized that no one gets away with murder, he also realized the deception that he'd been living under.

Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. (Psalm 73:21‐22 NLT)

For a few days now I've been linking self‐direction to poor health.

In other words, the more we direct our own steps, the sicker we become. As mentioned previously, the stress that comes from self‐direction results in many medical conditions. Some of which are:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • heart attacks
  • stroke
  • hypertension
  • immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections
  • viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers
  • autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Just facing up to the realization of our unwillingness to let God direct our steps will automatically bring a certain amount of healing to our bodies. I'm not talking about an intellectual realization—something we agree to in our brain—I'm talking about a gut‐level realization of the holiness and the goodness of God. I'm talking about an on‐your‐face experience when we say with our entire being, “You are God and I am not!”

Depending upon how die‐hard we've been in trying to direct our own steps, our physical bodies will still require some additional treatment other than just a realization of our foolish arrogance. But as Asaph says:

My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NKJV)

Have a good day,
Mike

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