Good Folks, it is Friday, March 16, 2018. Only two weeks and two days until Easter Sunday.
One of my “go to scriptures” is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God and He will direct your path.” As I will want to go to this scripture text and hold on to it, I also realize that the NRSV uses the word “insight” for “understanding” and “paths” for path.” I would add to the text one word if afforded the opportunity, “solely.” The phrase would read, “and lean not on your own understanding solely…” Let me tell you why. God has given all of us minds to reason, to learn with and to look at differing points of view. God has given us faith to trust and hold on to, plus discernment coupled with wisdom that is continually being understood in creative ways. So I would add that God does not want to make decisions solely from an academic perspective, but by a collaborative-spiritual effort that is phenomenal to comprehend.
Ruben P. Job coined these words: “It is difficult to follow Jesus if we do not know where he is going and where he wants to lead us.” I came across this in one of my devotional readings months ago. It was a constant reminder that we are called to follow Jesus and to somehow know where he is going and where he wants to lead us. As the Great Shepherd, Christ wants us to be fed, nourished and sent out to bring others to the fold of the community of faith. How this is done and when can be daunting, just to decide.
Spring Break began last Monday. Sunday is “a-coming.” God is at work. Church, I am ever so proud for all who have been faithful in the past and present. A great future is before us. Together, under the strength and guidance of God’s Spirit and the desire to make disciples of Jesus Christ, we take our steps…on the path that Christ has laid for us and has entrusted us with. Be strong and of good courage…
Blessings from Duncanville,