Recently I have been involved in an on-line discussion about why we so often launch into new revelation only to fall back into the same old-same old. There are many reasons we discussed, fear, pride, comfort and habit to name just a few. As I was meditating on this yesterday, I suddenly heard, “Many hide from My grace.”
I wondered about that, and as I let my mind dwell on it, I realized that we all fall prey to this. I then began to wonder why? We are limited finite beings with limited finite minds confronted by the reality of a limitless, infinite God and His limitless, infinite love and grace. Faced with this we naturally try to place this incomprehensible God with His incomprehensible love into a box we can comprehend. Boxes like rites and ritual, hierarchy, theology, tradition, in a word, works. We can understand and comprehend works. If we are good enough, if we can do enough, if we do all the right things, then we will be rewarded. It may not be God’s way, but it is a way we can wrap our minds around.
So what does that have to do with slipping back to the same old-same old? Simply this, when we step out into new things we step “off the map.” There is no longer a marked path, no blazed trail to show us the way. As the pioneers of old, we are faced with unknown, unexplored and potentially dangerous territory. If we truly understood God’s grace, we would be secure in the knowledge that He is with us, He knows the way, and He will guide and protect us each step of our journey. But we do not, oh we may say we do, but if we are honest with ourselves, we don’t really, so instead we retreat back to where we feel safe, returning to what we do, works.