Luke 19:10 NASB
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
We really don’t pay attention to what scripture actually says. Take this text here. The Son of Man came to seek AND save the lost. We all know about the saving part but what about the seeking part. Think about that. Christ was on the lookout for sinners. (I just gotta pause right there and thank Him). Unlike the adversary who goes about like a lion seeking whom he may devour, Christ is actively looking for you so that He may set you free from that which enslaves you. And He continues to call to us today asking us, dare I say begging us to answer His voice so that we may be set free. So today if you hear Him, harden not your heart. Answer His call with a yes and watch Him change your life.
Proverbs 16:9 9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Mike Tyson once famously said that everyone has a plan until they get hit. Don’t know why that quote came to me as I read the text above but it did make me think about how God directs our steps. Because the truth is, we all have plans. No one comes into this life and says that they do not want to be successful. No one expects that they will become a Christian and not have success. But see like Iron Mike said….you have a plan until you get hit. And what do we do the first time a good shot is leveled against us? We run, we start claiming how God is unfair and basically forget that without His protection and providence that initial blow would have taken us out.
Instead we need to realize that the righteous man has the Lord leading and guiding his steps. And as the Lord leads we should all be so willing to follow. Because the destination where He is going is to His home. That He has also prepared for us.
I was typing out yesterday’s thought and this thought came to my mind. Its more of a question really. How many of you would refuse a gift from someone if it meant you had to receive it from someone you cannot stand? This question really got me thinking as to how important it is that we as Christians live out what we say we believe in. Rather who we believe in. Because I honestly believe that some people have looked at those who claim to be followers of Christ, those who have the good news, and have said the news is great and I would accept Him except I see how its made you and you are one of the meanest meanies out there so i’ll pass. I would be devastated if anyone said that about my witness as it means I’m not really living for Him.
So lets make sure that we are not being stumbling blocks to people.
Ephesians 3:6 NASB
to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
Sometimes we forget that salvation is for everyone. At least its available for everyone. We forget that the blood of Jesus is able to wash away all sins. Even those of the “heathens”. That’s why I love this text. You see God doesn’t discriminate but He will get specific. Salvation is available for everyone. Always has been available for everyone but it won’t always will be available for everyone. We must choose whether to accept the gift or reject the gift. The gift is free so I encourage you to accept it.
My grandmother often drops wisdom nuggets when we talk each week. Last week she said that as humans we can draw strength and hope from those that have come before us.
So as I’m looking at this passage her words ring true in my ears
Romans 15:4 NASB
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
That we might have hope. Scripture contains all sorts of stories and they are there to let you know that God is real. And when you start from that basis of knowing that He is real you will have a hope that cannot be destroyed.
Numbers 11:23 NASB
The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord ‘ s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”
Sometimes I think we doubt the power of the Lord. Scratch that. I know we doubt the power of the Lord. That is why we plot and plan when we get into situations. The prudent thing for us to do is to watch God work it out. Right before this text God tells Moses that the people will have meat for a month. Every meal. Every day. For a month. And Moses, who had seen all the plagues in Egypt, the parting of the red sea and the burning bush that was not consumed, actually had doubt about how God would do this. Man God is God. He got like infinite ways to do things. That’s why the question He asks us valid for us today..is the Lord’s power limited?
Psalms 91:1 NASB
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Man this verse today got me all sorts of excited. And it really should because there is so much in this text. For starters the Almighty provides shelter for us. He makes it possible to be protected from that which comes your way. That deliverance from what is coming down on you is available. Second its not just any shelter its His shelter. His house that He built. With all the comforts you would expect from a God designed house. Peace, love, compassion and more are all overflowing in abundance in His shelter. Finally you are in His shelter in His shadow. In order to be in someone’s shadow you must be in their presence. They must be close enough to you (y’all are not feeling this thing with me) so that their shadow covers you entirely.
So you are in a shelter that God built with His hands and in His presence? He that dwells in THAT place truly has nothing to worry about.