‘ The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ Isaiah 58:11 NIV
There are certainly days when I lean more towards the sun- scorched land and the bubbling spring is nothing more than a mirage taunting me in the distance. You know those days, nothing seems to be going right! The universe is sinisterly plotting against you, cutting you off at every turn. In surrender, you throw up your hands. It’s just going to be one of those days ! Giving defeat the upper hand.
How did I begin the day….was He my first thought, my first conversation ?
Guaranteed my to do list and yesterday’s challenges and failures slipped in ahead of my time with Him.
He promises to give me the strength to last the day, the energy to face what-ever and wisdom to choose wisely.
So if you are having ‘one of those days’, it’s okay to throw up your hands, not in surrender to defeat but in declaration of His goodness, soaking up his life giving water that never fails to quench and sustain , and tomorrow…dive into His presence first.
‘Prayer is to the spirit what breath is to the body. We treat prayer as though it were the spice of life, but the Bible prescribes it as a vital staple in our diet.’ -David Hubbard
Walk Towards Easter Series. 3
“Dear children, it is very hard to get into the Kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Mark 10:24-25
Q. Why is wealth often a temptation , are you ever tempted to love things more than God. Or is it something more sneaky in your case?
Are you trying to picture a camel frantically attempting to squeeze itself through the eye of a needle? I can’t even focus on the eye to thread the cotton without my glasses on. I’m imagining a cartoon camel stuck, neck squashed flat and jammed tight in the tiny weeny hole. No, it’s just not going to happen, impossible!
Woe to the rich man, what chance has he got? None by the looks of this story!
But the story is just scratching the surface, catching our attention. We need to dig deeper. Many a wealthy person is a child of the Kingdom, generous givers and funders of God’s work here on earth, totally committed to God and the out working of the gospel.
So what did Jesus mean when He said this? The rich young man walked away, the cost was just too much. He so wanted to follow Jesus, but when it came to the crunch, and it did sadden him, he must have wrestled within himself. He could not give up that which he prized most. ( Mark 10:20-22)
Jesus used the example of money and possession but its really so much more than that. Subtleties slip in unnoticed to our everyday lives quietly nudging Jesus further and further down our list of priorities. I’ll spend time in the Word tomorrow , I’ll pray later, I’ll help that person next week when I have more time, if I share my faith with my neighbours they may not talk to me anymore, if I tell the girl on the checkout I’m on my way to church when she inquires she’ll think I’m weird, I don’t have time for people because I’m too busy with church programmes………..I could go on and on with the sneaky little or rather…..big…..list of distractions that infiltrate our every day.
Be honest, prayerfully take a long, hard look into your life.
Do you place more importance on how you appear to others than Jesus?
Is your time prioritised by you or by Jesus?
Is your comfort more important than those less fortunate?
Do you love church more than you love Jesus?
You may be shocked at what is revealed and the pruning won’t be pleasant. It never is when it concerns our fleshly desires.
There is a cost in following Jesus ! But it’s a cost we can all afford. He promises we will be more than compensated. Who can put an earthly price on Eternity !