June 21 / Proverbs 21 / John 14

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Proverbs 21:16

Whoever wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.

It’s been said that if you don’t know where you’re going, every road will take you there.

How true.

If one is aimless and goal-free, then meander down any course at all, for it matters not which one you take. Any of them will transport you to your destinationless destination aka the “assembly of the dead.”

Aptly named because there is no life there. The abundant life of freedom Jesus spoke of is not necessarily stumbled upon, but rather is a life of goal-oriented pursuit resulting in growth and maturity.

“Pursuit” is not trying harder. It is training smarter.

“Smarter” is not with the head as much as it is with the heart.

By training we mean spiritual disciplines put in place in your life rhythmically for the sole purpose of moving closer to God in intimacy which will precipitate your being able to do the right things at the right time which you could not do on your own. (I assume that was a run-on sentence…)

This is spiritual growth.

This is sailing. You can’t make the wind blow or control its direction. But you can set sails in order to absorb its power. You can direct the sails in such a way as to direct you using the uncontrollable wind.

Proverbs 21:23

To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble.

Oh to think before we speak.

How much crap it would save us from!

John 14

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”

“Believe.”

Look at the comfort of this chapter.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled.

Is it really that simple?

Have we merely forgotten what is available to us? What God has promised us tangibly thru Jesus?

Or do we subconsciously call God a liar? Thinking He really doesn’t deliver on His promises. That He doesn’t really care about us as His dear children.

If Jesus is who He said He was, we must pay attention.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled.

How?

By remembering. By interacting with Him at the first sign of stress. Taking any trouble to Him and giving it to Him to handle. To handle that which we cannot on our own. By bearing one another’s burdens as well.

We remember His words and promises, and actually believe them. Then comfort does come. When we trust, we do obey. There’s no real comfort in disobedience.

So, if our hearts are troubled, we must face the fact that it is because we are letting them be troubled. There is relief, there is shalom, there is trust, there is obedience, all within our ability to grab. Isn’t it like a loving God to make the only requirement something every human being is equipped for and capable of?

To trust God does not require literacy, legs, money, eyesight, perfection…

You have no real excuses for not trusting God with your life. He is the Good Shepherd and more than able to take care of you.

Amen.

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