Friday, December 05, 2008

Advent: Day 5

Isaiah 33:15 The one who lives uprightly
and speaks honestly;
the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures
and rejects a bribe;
the one who does not plot violent crimes
and does not seek to harm others

33:16 This is the person who will live in a secure place;
he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds;
he will have food
and a constant supply of water.

The Gorge is a national historical site. Certain groups of Batswana lived there long ago because of the security of the location–it's a long and treacherous hike up to it and an even longer fall to the bottom. Hard to fight a battle on the side of a hill. I missed most of the guide's exposition on the site since I was exhausted and didn't want to get dizzy fending my way across the rocky gorge-side. One thing I did catch was that they used to throw people into the Gorge who were convicted of harming others in the community, their way of purging them from the culture.

When have you been aware that upholding God's values has resulted in blessing or protection in your life?

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