Walking With Jesus–Devotion #9

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delighteth in his way…” Psalm 37:23

Have you ever watched a young couple teaching their baby to walk? They stand or sit a few feet apart and gently entice the little one to take a few steps. How happy they are when the baby turns loose and takes a few steps on his own. They hug the child and the baby is happy.

Sometimes in life we have sickness and trouble which cause us to try to walk again. A lady broke her leg in a car wreck and after many weeks of not walking was told she could start again. She thought of when she learned to walk as a baby, and that made her laugh. Soon she was going to try to walk again, like a baby.

As Christians we are eager to walk with Jesus. We try to serve Him but make mistakes and must learn to walk with Him all over again.

How safe a Christian should feel, knowing God cares for us when we come to an obstacle too hard to cross. When walking with small children, you will notice that their legs get tired or they come to a step too high for them — well, we just lift them up and carry them over.

Jesus in the same way holds our hand and lifts us. He is happy to see us come to Him. He will never turn us away, no matter what the problem or situation is. Can’t you just see Him with arms outstretched reaching for His child who needs help? His is always there to guide our steps and help us over the rocky parts of our lives.

Difficult steps, fearful steps, misunderstood steps, sinful steps, painful steps– wherever your path will lead you–you as a child of God, have the assurance that Jesus will help to see you through your difficult times.


“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you; and you shall glorify me.” Psalm 50:15

  1. What do you remember in your life as a difficult step?
  2. How did you handle it? Did you ask God to guide you or did you try to work out a solution on your own?
  3. What happened in your situation when you asked for God’s guidance? What happened when you tried to “do it alone”?\

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Times of Uncertainty

“May God in His mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may He lead us to Himself.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For more quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer go to these posts:

Loyal to the End — A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Staying On Course–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Need for Repentance

 

Testing Times

 

A Prayer for Times of Testing

God our Father,

Life pulls us in many directions,

and presents many possibilities.

Sometimes we do not know which way to turn.

There are so many claims upon our time, so many demands for our attention, that the very range of choices drives us to distraction.

 

It is then that we need you.

Yours is the ultimate clam on our lives;  help us to listen for it in all the other claims that are made on us.

Because we cannot do everything, help us to get our priorities right, to know what you want us to do now, and what we have to leave.

May the stress and strain of life not break us, but make us stronger for Jesus’ sake.

from The Lutheran Prayerbook

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Dem Dry Bones

Image result for the dry bones of ezekielHave you ever felt like a pile of dry bones?  I know I have.  There was a time when I became totally exhausted and burned out.  The children were young and my husband had a long commute;  all the responsibilities for the household and everybody in it fell upon me;  my job became increasingly unrewarding and even my relationship with God seemed distant. I kept going, just putting one foot in front of the other, but I wasn’t happy with my life or myself.

What happened?  All I can say is God changed things.  Not in an instantaneous flash of lightening, but through a slow, steady working in my life.  I went on a Marriage Encounter weekend which did a great deal to revive my marriage;  a few years later, I attended a Via de Cristo weekend which revived my soul. Both of those experiences led to small groups and deep friendships that grounded and sustained me. The children grew older and more self sufficient, jobs changed and life turned around.

Have dry bones times come back?  Sure.  However, now I have the experience and  confidence of knowing that if I stick with God, they will pass.  When we’re faithful to Him, He changes things.  Sometimes He changes us!  It’s amazing to see what God can do.  He can even make dry bones live again!

“Behold, I am doing a new thing;  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19