The Duffers


There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

~Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25, NKJV


Things are seldom what they appear; perspective and reality may not be in sync.


My mother preached the above quote, at least the first part. Over and over again, she taught us not to jump to conclusions. One of her favorite proverbs was, “You don’t judge a book by looking at the cover.” God is at work in human history and this is not a knew thing: He has always been at work in our behalf. Right now Jesus is preparing a dwelling place for us; one large enough that we can all live together. He makes all things work for our good and His glory. When the Babylonians invaded Judah, they destroyed everything that had anything to do with Yahweh worship and they carried many Jews back to Babylon. Psalm 74 is a lament concerning the destruction of Jerusalem. The Jews were terribly upset that God allowed all this to happen. Psalm 75 is God’s answer to the prayer prayed in Psalm 74. God’s answer: I will judge the Babylonians along with everyone else. I will handle it, my way and when I am ready. The last verse of Psalm 75 is a hallelujah verse…“I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.” The horn is scripture is a metaphor for power or strength. I would not have caught this if it were not for commentaries, but wicked is plural and righteous is singular. Literally, this verse could read…“I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the Righteous One will be exhalted. I don’t have to tell you who the Righteous One is do I? God was at work in behalf of the Jews; He was about to send the RIGHTEOUS ONE to drink the bitter cup of wrath that all sinner deserve. While they were complaining, God was working in their behalf.

In C.S. Lewis VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, The Dufflepuds, as they eventually name themselves, are the people who live on the island governed by Coriarkin the Magician. They began as the Duffers, “common little dwarfs” without much common sense. One day Coriarkin turned them into Monopods – one-footed dwarfs who get around by taking enormous hops. The Duffers felt they had been “Uglified” and sent a little girl to snoop around in the Magician’s house and reverse the spell. The girl couldn’t figure out how to do it, so instead she made the Duffers invisible. When Caspian and his friends arrive on the island, the invisible people plot to hold them captive until Lucy agrees to reverse the invisibility spell. After she does so, she tries to convince the Duffers that being Monopods is not so bad. She’s not sure her arguments sinks in. You see the Duffer’s are dupes, similar to our democrats. The Duffers make silly mistakes about everyday living, such as walking a long distance to get water from a pool when it would be just as easy to get the water from a nearby stream, or washing plates before dinner to save time afterward. They also tend to make more of these stupid mistakes because they unquestioningly obey their leader, the Chief, who is the most foolish of all of them. Even when other people, such as Lucy and Coriarkin, explain why the Chief is wrong, the people can’t seem to understand. The Duffers have vilified and demonized Coriarkin who is an ally to Aslan. Coriarkin is in hope that someday the Duffers can be “governed by wisdom, instead of this rough magic, but we think those days are probably pretty distant, said the governor.”

These silly Duffers are everywhere; their mantra is “Perception is reality.” No, no, no–perception is not reality; it is simply the way you see things. Perception and reality can be light years a part. There was a time when men believed the earth was flat: this is perception but in reality the earth has never been flat; it is a spinning orb. Solomon said, there is a way that seems right to man but it actually leads to destruction which is exactly what the Duffers are doing today. Leading us down a path to destruction.

The LORD is good I want to praise HIM. I want to thank those of you who prayed for me Saturday. Everything went unbelievable well. The Spirit was very strong at Pruitt’s COLS and I made it through the wedding. My palms got sweaty and my mouth dry {signs I’m nervous} but my mind did not go blank and that is a God thing as for as I am concerned. I am a happy camper.

The preachers go to TOP GOLF today: someone is paying for our lunch there. It is a new experience for me. Have a great day and week. By the way, a record crown at the POINT, at least in the last three years. We had 49 cars which translated to over 100 people.

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