I was watching a home improvement program & the construction crew was about to pour concrete stairs, so they were forming it out. If you don’t already know (it’s simply a process of creating a support for wet concrete) similar to a mold, it’s made of wood, it’s carefully cut, assembled & anchored down. It has to be extremely supportive to hold the wet concrete while it forms up, it needs to be level, true and plumb. Alll stairs need to have a certain stride ratio; they discussed what they call a trip hazard, apparently as we rise and decline on stairs (the mechanisms in our brain) assumes the next step will be equal in distance and rise, if there is even the slightest variation it can cause the person to stumble (this is no good) and can be very dangerous.
Isa 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Life is very much like this staircase….and the steps we travel on can be compared to day to day life. We travel up these stairs in years meaning our progressive walk toward union with the Lord. We also travel down these stairs as we are earthly creatures; attending appointments, chores, friends, responsibilities, that all require us to visit these other levels. After time, these stairs may not be so square as they used to be (worn over time) or perhaps we just added to our staircase to accommodate some new facet of life? Whatever the case, there are things we can do to help us stay on track, keep from stumbling and keep us moving safely along.
Seek the Lord’s help to remove as many trip hazards as possible (even the subtle ones) they seem to be the worst because those are the ones that catch us when we aren’t paying attention, when we are fatigued and tired from the trials of life. Is it not a Mother’s greatest fear when her child transitions steps for the first time? Likewise, we need to recognize the steps we take and the steps that we make daily, we need to make them square, right and true. As with most things its the application of practice which leads to skill through conscious attention.
What are some trip hazards in your life?…Is it laziness, boredom, selfishness, carnal nature, love of possessions, lack of discipline, procrastination?…it can be as subtle as these or as severe as serious addiction, some people have and retain very destructive practices; addictions, urges and splurges, all in varying degrees.
Lk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
What Steps will you take today?….and more importantly, how will you be traveling on that staircase?
Isaiah 30:21 nd your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
Jeremiah 7:23-28New King James Version (NKJV)23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’2 John 1:6New King James Version (NKJV)6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
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Abba Father, we seek you this day, as we traverse the stairs, steps and stages of life. Help us to gain a solid footing as we walk, keep us grounded at all times, in proper balance, upright and straight forward. Help us to discern when hazards are present and teach us how to avoid and remove them, equip us with strength, courage and wisdom. Lift us up Lord, when we can not seem to climb anymore and catch us if we should fall. In your Grace we are safe and You are sufficient unto all things, in the Mighty Name of Yehushua, Jesus Christ Our Lord, AMEN
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