An underlying condition is one that lies beneath the surface. At this level, we become more vulnerable to the harmful effects of any foreign element. How do we address an underlying condition? By getting low and going to the only one capable of seeing what's on this level.
“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
The truth is, our conditions have always been exposed. The question is, what are we exposed to? The reality that is high exposure and limited protection. We can either have high exposure from the sun, or high exposure from the Son. The heat that simply burns or the heat that heals.
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
King David was a courageous young man. As he set out for his most noteworthy conquest, he did something that not many would. He went into war but he denied the armour. He denied a layer of protection that most believed to be absolutely necessary. David wasn't familiar with this type of armour so he went with what he knew. David knew God. He denied Saul's armour in favor of an even greater armour.
“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
God had David covered. The type of covering that would give David an abundance of victories. Earthly armour may seem like something to boast of but it too has room for error. King Saul was pierced and wounded on the battle field, armour on and all. He then took his own life as reality set in that his armour had not saved him. Many troubles plagued Saul but in the end he died in fear. Saul's uncircumcised heart feared falling into the hands of the uncircumcised. The irony of fighting so hard only to be fighting ourselves.
“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart”
Out of shape
The greatest armour in the world is still designed by fallible man. To improve the condition of a thing, one should always start at the heart of the matter. Do you have an underlying condition? Do I have an underlying condition? The only one good is God and we all carry sin in this flesh so the answer might just be yes. Do we allow the worries of the world to get under our skin? We would do well to allow the word of God to cut us to the core.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
A hardened heart has some form of covering over it. A form of protection. Protection doesn't sound so bad...that is until you realize that this protection is not from God. Human nature teaches us to have a safety net but what happens if that net bursts?
“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin”
As spiritual houses, we should always be aware of what's beneath our surface. Are there any conditions that make us more vulnerable to the perfect storm? In the days of Noah, many appeared to have underlying conditions. They themselves may not have known but God did. He warned of their state but their neglect allowed their conditions to overtake them.
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand”
Being built on a rock is being built on the solid word of God. One can can view sand as a broken down rock. Bits and pieces of the word here and there. Not enough to withstand anything major but just enough to keep things moving.
Working out our salvation
If God is our plan B, plan A might be worth re-evaluating. How do we make God our plan A? Is it even possible when technology continues to invent and advertise new ways of making things "easier"? To advance, sometimes you have to take a page from the past. In the days of Noah, God found a man that trusted in him and was willing to do the work he required. Imagine working day in day out with no pay for a boss you cannot see. Faith in many ways is a spiritual muscle. A muscle that cannot be seen but a muscle that still requires excercise.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Noah's period of building the ark was him building toward salvation. Was he saving himself? Of course not. He had faith in the instructions of God. In God instructing Noah along the way, he developed tools of righteousness in his servant while leading him into salvation.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
When the dust settled, Noah and his house found peace. They found rest in the mountains. They found grace which allowed them to overcome the underlying sinful state of that time. The word of God is forever settled in heaven. May we find peace in Christ.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”