Friday, March 23, 2012
"Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand."
I wasn't a very happy camper about that and pretty much howled my indignation at not getting the kitten to pet and play with. Mom and Aunt Nellie both ran out to calm me down and mom being the overprotective mom that she was, of course, had to check and make sure there were no bumps, broken bones, etc. Pretty much the only thing hurt was my strong will to catch that kitty. But even that wasn't hurt for too long as I ended up chasing her again.
Stumbling is something I do well & make into a fine art form as I can easily trip over my own feet. Recently while leaving work I was walking to my friend's car and without paying any attention to where I was walking, stumbled head first over a parking bump. I bruised not only my ego from embarrassment as everyone on the docks saw it but my knee and one of my arms was scuffed up badly. Stumbling can be very painful but in adults it can be prevented so easily..just be aware.
Spiritually it's the same deal. It's tough enough in the world to try to figure stuff out without God helping us "get it". But if we try without God's help that's what will eventually happen. A spiritual "stumble".
A Scripture I really love says:
"This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word is not in us." (1 John 1:5-9)
1 John 1:5 says it foremost God is Light. He is our continued source of Divine light. It is only our willfulness to do things our own way that gets in the way of making our path less rocky and unbalanced.
Usually I find in stumbling situations that it usually is a matter of pride and ego-ridden reactions to stuff that happens in our lives. Creating oftentimes a victim mentality. Pride itself is a sin and is a sin for a reason as pride can lead to so much unnecessary drama and situations. Sin and stumbling happens so quickly as a result of pride. A prideful person is just in short "full of it" (Psalm 36: 1-2)
In prideful situations we tend to look on our own capabilities and not look to and rely on the hand of God in our lives. Like the ultimate Parent God wants to make sure that His children have no stumbling blocks in their paths. He will send indicators to wake us up if we get too far away from Him spiritually and start stumbling. Spiritual wake up calls.
"No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges; He brings one down, He exalts another."
"Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble."
Stepping out of the darkness around you and into the light that is Christ and Christ alone. Step out in faith knowing that He has charted the course already and will get you there. Believe. Trust. Pray. Hope. Know.
"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God."
Other Scriptural Testimonies of God being our Light and Shield:
"He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light."
"Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed."
Forever Reign--Passion Worship Band
Break The Chains- Misty Edwards