…yet for us there is one God, the Father. All things are from Him, and we exist for Him. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ. All things are through Him, and we exist through Him. Â Â Â Â Â 1 Corinthians 8:6 (HCSB)
Lectionary texts: Deteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28
My life often feels like I am moving through a maze. Originally a person would tie a string to the opening and begin their walk through the maze, the string preventing them from becoming lost. The Holy Spirit is my string. He is my guide through those long, dark, winding hallways of my life, because I made the decision that I exist because of God and for God.
God wants me to trust Him. Trust Him to know my way through life much better than I ever could. Trust Him to shine light when I need it. Trust Him to even be there in what seems to be such darkness, because â€œdarkness is like light to Himâ€ (Psalm 139:12).
Teaching me to walk by faith and not by what I can see with my own eyes and reason with my own brain cells is God placing deep down inside of me all that I will need when the darkness comes. But even more, He is forging a faith in me that will make me a light to others in the sadness or confusion of their own journey.
God is there even in my ignorance or when I make â€œwrongâ€ choices. Even in the â€œwrongâ€ God can teach and bring me through to a â€œbetterâ€. It is His redemption on the cross that keeps His hand on me and evil always ultimately losing.
Praise the LORD!
I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.
How amazing are the deeds of the LORD!
All who delight in him should ponder them.
Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
His righteousness never fails.
He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
How gracious and merciful is our LORD!
He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.
He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations.
All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy.
They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.
Praise him forever! Psalm 111 (NLT)
My only task is to hold on to the String.