“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire said that in the 1700’s. But his words seem to aptly describe events that are taking place today as well. History witnessed this play out in Germany under Hitler, when he got people to commit the atrocity of mass murder against Jewish people. Hitler used the propaganda of lies, which then caused division and fear among people that had previously lived together as neighbors peacefully for years. How could ordinary people all of a sudden be filled with such fear and hate that they turned on neighbors and friends they had known for so long?
Believing the lie, however absurd, will lead eventually to atrocious behavior fueled by fear and hatred. There is really just one race, the human race. But Nazi propaganda so dehumanized people who shared a faith and an ethnic identity, that killing them was no longer considered wrong. Murdering other human beings – not wrong? In what world would that be the case? However the road paved with absurdities leads to the land of atrocities very quickly. This is a place where up is down, right is wrong, good is called evil and evil called good. We quickly lose all sense of direction in such a place without a constant to help us find our footing and show us the way. (see post “finding the constant”)
Then we find ourselves somewhere we never intended to go, doing things we never intended to do and asking ourselves, “how did we get here?” Amanda Makki was wondering that very thing when she asked, “Just eighteen months ago, could you even imagine that hard working men and women would be losing their jobs for refusing an experimental vaccine?” (this vaccine has not been tested on animals and is FDA “approved” for experimental use only on an emergency basis – because this COVID event is labeled “an emergency”)
We have ended up in a place we have never been before as a society. Why? Is it because we believed a lie and lost our way? Is it because social media is more believable to us than our own real-life experience and God given common sense allowing us to make decisions for ourselves and our families based on what we actually experience in the real world? We are all bombarded with so much information daily, how do we sort out fact from fiction? If I follow the wrong advice, I will end up in a place I never intended to be, looking for a way out of the circumstances now causing me so much confusion, uncertainty and fear. Today as I ponder this problem of “how did I get here?”, I purpose to put into practice the words of Proverbs 3:5-8, I will –
“Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways I will acknowledge Him, and He will direct my paths. I will not be wise in my own eyes; I will fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to my body and nourishment to my bones.”
This is the promise of God to me if I look to Him rather than to myself or to others for wisdom and direction. My Heavenly Father wants to “direct my paths” so that I don’t end up somewhere I never meant to go asking, “how did I get here?” It always works out better when I follow God’s ways as opposed to my own ways, reminding me that what Proverbs 14:12 says is true –
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
I may not understand God’s ways but I know I can trust Him.
” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Today I will trust and I will follow the One who came here to make a way home for me through the wilderness of this world. Today I will say along with King David –
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23)
now that’s a good place to end up, in God’s house –
sincerely, Grace Day