Monday, 8/21/2017 Good Morning, Linda and I enjoy walking about 2-3 miles in the evenings. There are many evenings that we feel too tired to go on a walk and the other person encourages the other one to go that evening. The other evening we went on a walk. We began going a different direction than we had all summer. We headed for Lincoln Avenue which our street “117th Street” dead-ends. We crossed the street and walked up a small embankment with a much worn path with tree roots sticking up boldly from the earth beneath. It has a sharp incline to a level spot that continues into the woods. The path is also worn and goes across about 20 acres of property. It crosses another bike/walking path about 200 yards into the woods. The trees are large and fully grown. As a former logger, I would love to take my chain saw and cut down trees for logs and fire wood, but it is good to see it standing tall and straight for us to enjoy. We continue about another 500 yards and come out the other side of the wooded area unto another pathway. This time it is tarmac and it is about six to eight feet wide. The erosion has corrupted some of the path, but it is mostly in good condition. We walked by Greenfield Park pond and headed toward a golfing course about another 500 yards through more woods. They have taken an old railroad track and developed it into a bike and walkway for those that enjoy these activities. We headed east toward 116th street and it began to sprinkle. We have about another ¾ of a mile to home. The closer to home we get, the harder it rains. By the time we get home we find ourselves rather wet. It was a very good walk as we both enjoy walking in God’s rain. We are looking for another day to do it again in the rain!!! 1 Corinthians 7:38 – 38 So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better. 39A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.40 Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God. Subject: The Good, Better and Best Why is it that sometimes we do not choose the best in life even when we KNOW that it is the top choice by God for us? Or, is it our spirit of independence or is it our contentious spirit of rebellion? No matter what the reason, I like to say that I always choose the best in my life, but that would be a lie. I am like every other person on earth and the rest of the Christians…I choose the good at times and at other times the better. I am the one who misses out when I make an inferior decision on any issue. In verse 38 Paul reminds the man that if he marries his engaged woman, he does well and if he does not marry her, he does better. So why is Paul saying this? If you look at verse 40, I think he gives us the answer. He uses the word “happier” which means that she will be blessed with the favorable circumstance of being single. It is a matter of happiness with the lack of “problems” and not have to deal with as many worldly troubles (v.28). But, also he or she will not have to be divided in their time of serving the Lord and their spouse. In the case of a woman who married to a man, in verse 39 Paul says that she is bound (to cease someone to be under the authority of someone, to restrict, to be under jurisdiction) to her husband. This circumstance lasts until death do they part. And, if the husband dies, she is free to seek a husband and be married again. In this case, it must be a Christian man but it would be Paul’s opinion that she would be happier if she stays unmarried (v.40). Paul thinks that he possesses the Spirit of God’s opinion as well in this matter. Imagine a woman being married to a man or a man to a woman for 20 or 30 years and now the spouse dies. Think about all of the habits and the routines that the living spouse has “built into his or her life” and now think about “training” another spouse. My wife and I talk about that from time to time as we do talk about dying and we jest about seeking another spouse for the one who is alive. It would not be easy for Linda or me to marry again. There would have to be some serious changes in our lives if that were to happen let alone the person that marries either one of us. A second marriage is not easy even if children are not involved. Then there are the children who are grown up and see Mom or Dad thinking about marrying another person or even planning on getting married to another person. There might be conflict even in this journey. There is a lot to think about and much consideration before making a decision like that. So Paul and the Holy Spirit are right in this matter (my opinion). Glad to be still married, Pastor Les Scripture is from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.