Musical chairs

By Kathleen Fye

Knox

Before we discuss "the game" for this week, we must look at some scripture.

In Job 1:6-7 (New International Version), "One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came with them the Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through earth and going back and forth."

Also 1 Peter 5:8, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him standing in the faith "

In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus says "Simon, Simon Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail."

Musical chairs was an inside game played in a large room with a sizeable group. Chairs were placed in a circle with one less chair than players.

As the pianist played children raced screaming and pushing trying to get into a chair when the music stopped. Person without a chair was out of the game. This loud rioting continues until you are down to one child and one chair.

Now you are wondering how this game can, in anyway, be representative of our Christian living.

Let's think this way. There are four major steps (or chairs) in our Christian life; namely salvation, righteousness, holiness and sanctification.

In Luke 1:77, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

In Roman 5:21, "So that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

In 1 Peter 1:15, But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written be holy because I am holy.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:13, "from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth."

As you move past each of these chairs in your life with Christ, Satan is silently moving behind you ready to pull away that chair.

At times like this, have faith. At times (as with Job) the Lord takes us out of our comfort zone. Our faith must be stretched to grow stretched to reach the next opportunity that will move you up a step.

Remember the old hymn "Trust and Obey." There is no other way.

As you face the turmoil thrown at you, review the concepts found in Psalm 139.

God is always with us in the Holy Spirit "when he is sitting down and when he is standing; when he is walking and when he is lying down; when his is in front of God and when he is in back of God; when he is in heaven and when he is in the depths; when he is at dawn and when he is at dusk; when he is in the darkness and when he is in the light." (and all the times in between)

In Hebrew 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

Time is not stagnant. It's forever moving past, present and future. Our Christian relationship with Christ should be on the move also.

Our faith is vital as we move chair to chair. The chair may wobble just never let Satan dump you on the floor. If that happens, remember that God will meet you wherever you are.

Get up, stand up and race back to that chair as God is here, there and everywhere. He's ready to gather you close.

Remember the choice today and determine your destiny tomorrow.