Bonnie bonnie banks and the "earlier expectation"
by Wim Janse

Loch Lomond - Scotland

I walked there, many years ago, on those "Bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond" in Scotland, and I can confirm that the banks of that vast lake, North of Glasgow, are very, very "bonnie" indeed. Never could I then have imagined that there would be something in a beautiful song about that lake, that I could use to express why believing is so necessary and beneficial.

"The Bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond" - John McDermott

Many people ask me (or is it more a remark?): "If all people will be saved anyway, why should one believe?" Good question! The solution is really simple. Faith is the "ticket" that will bring us quicker to our destination.

In the song about those beautiful shores of Loch Lomond is a chorus, which goes like this:

O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low (road)
And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
Fir me an' my true love will ne-er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.

I'd like to point at the first two lines of the chorus.

Here it says that the one who takes the "low road" will be sooner at his destination than the one who takes the "high road." It does NOT say that only the one who takes the low road will arrive at his destination. Both will arrive! The difference is that the one who travels via the low road will be there sooner.

"that we should be for the laud of His glory, who are pre-expectant in the Christ"
(Efe. 1:12;CLNT)

The apostle Paul is very clear: believers have an earlier expectation, are pré-expectant. Since it is an earlier expectation, there must also be a later expectation. If now believers have an earlier expectation, than it must be that those who now do not believe, may look forward to that later expectation! Right?

The song about Loch Lomond speaks about "the high road" and "the low road." Believing during this administration of grace is not always a nice and calm walk over a path of roses. It comes with suffering and with contempt by others, while going along this "low road." "Being saved without doing anything yourself? You must be nuts to believe in such a thing! It's a disgrace!" That is how someone who believes in the salvation and reconciliation of all mankind often is scorned. This attitude of others will see to it that one stays humble and expect all from God. It is the low road, the humble road.

This "low road," this road that brings us suffering and contempt, brings us sooner at our destination than when would take "the high road," the road that brings us honor and gain! Our own work hinders, God's work is the fastest way to our destination"! Even though that "low road" may be full of pits and bumps, it is nevertheless the highway to our destination.

Why believe? It's the "low road" of faith that brings us sooner to our destination than that "high road!" That is why believing is better than not believing!