“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:22
Jesus had been going around healing the sick, casting out demonic spirits and giving back sight to the blind. John the Baptist sent some men to find out if Jesus was the one they were to expect. Jesus told them to report what they see and told them that any who does not stumble because of Him will be blessed.
People all over the world hear of things that Jesus said and did. As they hear these things, some will choose to follow Him, while others will reject Him right away.
There are many who choose to follow Him, but only for a time. As they read the Bible more and go to church more, they begin to hear what Jesus said. As they hear the things Jesus taught, many will begin to stumble and fall away.
The words and teachings of Jesus are not always easy to follow or accept. His words go against the main thoughts and ways of this world. The world is always talking about looking out for self. Jesus taught one is to deny himself.
The world teaches that a person can strike a person back who has hurt him. Jesus taught to love that person, rather than striking back.
The world teaches to get all the money one can for himself. Jesus taught to give generously to God and everyone in need.
These are just a few of the teachings that Jesus taught that go against the ways of this world. Many people have a difficult time accepting them or actually putting them into practice. Every week people go to church and hear about what God says in the Bible, but only a few actually do what He says to do.
This is a stumbling in their walk with God. To love God, is to obey Him. Not following His commands is not loving God and they are stumbling.
Think about your life and how well you follow, or don’t follow, God’s commands for you. Are you allowing yourself to stumble?
If you are not stumbling over His words, you will be blessed. God only has your very best in mind when He gives you a command. Trust Him and follow Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow yourself to stumble over His words and be blessed.
I pray today that you will know God’s heart for you; that you will trust God’s commands to you; that you will not stumble over the words of God; and that you will be His witness in this world.
Work on memorizing these great verses and learn to trust in the Lord to fly and run without becoming weary.
My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled. Psalm 17:5
David was crying out to God to hear his prayer. His enemies were surrounding him and trying to destroy him. As he calls out to God, he knows that God hears him. He tells God that he has held to His paths and he does not stumble in any way.
David was known as a man after God’s own heart and the apple of God’s eye. For most of his life, he strived to obey all of God’s rules and serve God with his life. There were times when David had messed up and chose a wrong path, but almost immediately he realized his mistake and repented of his choice. In this way he held to the paths of God, without really stumbling.
Holding to a path means that one will stay on that path and follow it regardless of the directions it is going. There are times when a person may be traveling on a highway through the mountains that the road appears to take a wrong turn. The ultimate goal may be to get to the west side of the mountains, and suddenly the path turns south, then back east for a ways.
One may wonder why it is going the wrong way, or may wonder if he missed a turn somewhere along the way. The driver must trust the maps and the road will get him to the location desired.
In life, God is always guiding your steps, on the path He has set out for you. It may appear at times that God has left you or that you failed and are on the wrong path. Troubles will occur and it will seem that you have somehow got onto the wrong path.
You must know the path God has set out for you, and trust God completely. Hold on to the path that He has set out for you. Do not allow yourself to stumble on that path. God’s path is straight and narrow because it is only through Jesus.
Follow Jesus and you will remain on the path God has for you.
What road are you walking on today?
I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that God will guide your every step; that you God will strengthen your walk with Him; and that you will not fear the path God has for you.