“I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.” Psalms 119:8
I doubt any of us want to be described as a failure, but it is something that seems just a hairbreadth away from us at times doesn’t it?
You have no doubt seen the memes online about people who have tried to copy something they saw on Pinterest and failed at it.
I could spend the rest of 2018 writing about the times I have failed at everything from parenting to missions. Shoot, a couple of weeks ago I accidentally snorted while talking to a pastor about his father passing away. Sometimes my body fails me in the worst possible moments for NO reason whatsoever. Here this man was grieving and I snort. #FAIL. I have lost my children while shopping, left one at home, and shaved their heads after bad haircuts. #FAIL. I have spoken from a pulpit about Philemon being the servant who ran away from Onesimus #FAIL. I have tripped and fallen in the lap of an Evangelist and his wife. #FAIL. I have prayed in Portuguese for God to help us use the bathroom and thanked Him for pouring Rum out on Calvary. #FAIL. There is no end to my failures. And knowing me, there will be plenty more in my future for sure.
But you know what? It is sometimes that fear of failure that makes us more careful and pay closer attention to what we are doing. If we know there is no consequence, we will blow right through something all haphazardly without diligence because we aren’t afraid. But life isn’t like that. Our life does have consequences and we will answer for the actions and deeds done in our bodies.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
The Psalmist in Psalms 119:8 is aware that God is a God of power and might. He has undoubtedly seen God forsake someone who disobeyed. The psalmist doesn’t want to err in his obedience to what God has commanded. We should take heed to his example and follow the Lord with carefulness as well. While we know God can’t forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) We do know that we can grieve the Holy Spirit.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
And Jesus said,
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
I know people don’t like to hear the word “fear” and we shouldn’t scare people into serving God or getting saved, but I absolutely believe we need to think and dwell on the Scriptures enough to remember that God is the Judge.
“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” Acts 10:42
“I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Ecclesiastes 3:17
May those thoughts cause us to walk carefully in obedience to the Word and not run blindly in this life we lead here on earth.
And once again, how are we to know the commandments of God if we aren’t reading the Word? Dwell in Him by reading the Bible. If you didn’t yesterday, pick up that Old Black Book today and read. Then get up and obey.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 26 / Isaiah 19-20 / Psalm 82 / Mark 16