Devotional 07/06/2017by Terry Trainor on 07/06/17
We lived in Fairbanks in the late sixties, and there is a big difference between the driving there and the driving here. For one thing, the roads that were passable depended on what season of the year it was.
Just a few miles north of Fairbanks, the Steese highway was closed from fall to spring, due to the few people that lived up that way, and the number of miles of road that would have to be kept clear to make it passable. They were simply restricted to transportation by plane, snowmobile, and dog sleds for the winter months.
A different road had to cross a wide river, where the population on the other side did not warrant the expense of a bridge. When the river was frozen, a path would be cleared across it and they had easy road access in the winter months only. I never did get used to driving across that ice in a car, where there was a raging river just a few weeks before. There is a lesson for us in how that river froze over, though. The river was swift, and therefore difficult for ice to form completely across it. The temperature had to be well below freezing before the river would get completely covered with the thinnest skin of ice. But once this ice formed, the ripples and waves of the surface of the river were stopped by the ice, and then it thickened rapidly to the several feet required to drive vehicles across. You can look straight down in the middle, and see for several feet down into the clear ice – and you see no river at all.
Our conscience is like that river. It broils and seethes at wrongdoing, it is hard for sin to encroach upon it – but once it is breached, the broiling and seething is quieted by the presence of sin, and it grows and thickens much more easily. We become deaf to that inner voice, and our sense of shame is numbed – and sin builds upon sin, until the underlying conscience is no longer even visible.
1 Timothy 1:5 (KJV);
“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”
1 Timothy 1:18-19 (GWT)
“Timothy, my child, I’m giving you this order about the prophecies that are still coming to you: Use these prophecies in faith and with a clear conscience to fight this noble war. Some have refused to let their faith guide their conscience and their faith has been destroyed like a wrecked ship.”