Throughout life, we are often given rules and instructions to follow in order to help us succeed. Think about it. Before you could even get your drivers permit, you had to read the SC Drivers Manual; a book dedicated to instructing you on all the rules of the road. Then once you start learning to drive with your parents at your side, they start giving you instructions. And if you don’t follow through perfectly, they freakout and yell them louder. So by the time you get your license at the age of 17, you never want to hear, or follow, another set of rules, instructions, or guidelines for the rest of your life.
When I was younger, I would constantly hear people say the BIBLE could also be referred to as the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Even now when I think about it, my mind is blown because it’s so true. Day to day we struggle to find answers to questions like what’s next, where to go in life, how much to spend, will things get any easier, etc., when that doesn’t have to be the case. In this passage, Jesus reminds us of how we must give our all to Him; even if it seems small to others, you should give everything you’ve got. When you are betrayed, bullied, picked on, or even persecuted because of your faith, remember you have to stay with it (v. 16-19 MSG). Romans 5:3-5 reminds us, “that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (ESV).
Isn’t it so humbling that Christ, even while away, would leave us a book of instructions on how to live life. He cared so deeply for us before we were born to leave us guidelines on how, and why to persevere and on what things are good and bad for us; He evens teaches us how to love so He is glorified in everything!! What an amazing Father we serve daily!!
Daily Challenge: Think about how the Lord had guided your day. Thank Him, then pray asking him to continue to guide your days and decisions in order to help make is name famous on the earth.