Is there a Godly caution in Lavender? What does God mean by it? Test it. I managed to type up “Caution” on the heading and then just stared at it. What next? Was this a call from Matthew 10:16 (“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”)? We must be both shrewd and innocent, yes, but caution is slightly different.

I kept looking, and found in the Amplified Bible translation of Philippians 2:12 that we must work out our salvation by cultivating it and actively pursuing spiritual maturity. And we must do that “using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ.”

It is all too easy, having acknowledged Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, to charge on in full fervour not realising that we are charging when God is saying, “Hold.” Or to take up things of this world and put Jesus’ name to them when in reality they are our selfish desires, not His glorious gifts.

So if we pause at our lavender flower, we literally find that we are not just charging on. We find that we have the time and space to ask God, “Is this what you want of me?”

And as I paused, I realised there was another caution. In Scots law, there is a concept called “Caution” but pronounced ‘Kayshun’. It is a payment as a guarantee of good behaviour. If the offender is of good behaviour the caution is returned. Jesus died for our sins, but He paid the price once and for all. In Him we have a guarantee of our forgiveness and being made right with God. Jesus is the caution and He was paid out for us; died for us. Through His payment, we are made pure and sanctified – or as the legal language would say, “He makes us to be of good behaviour.” So the caution is returned – Jesus could not be held dead, and is returned alive.

So pause at your lavender flower and ask God to help SSCB to act with caution – to discern what God actually wants of us and then to do it boldly, knowing that the price has been paid, the debt wiped out and that we are redeemed through the cautioner.

[from Timothy Pitt]

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