Sometimes scripture seems to be difficult to follow so I wanted to provide an example to follow.
You are stranded on a deserted island and the only thing you can have is 3 books. What 3 books would you choose to have?
If you are a Christian then most likely one of your books was the Bible. Maybe you chose the biggest dictionary that exist so you could burn it in a fire to stay warm. However, most likely you did not answer “a survival guide.”
The answer that makes the most sense is often the one that we overlook. Unfortunately the same is true right now in real life. As Christians we are stranded on this desert island called Earth. We are not of this world but we do have a calling here. The creator of this world , our Heavenly Father, gave us a survival guide for living out this earthly life. His Word, the Bible, is our survival guide that teaches us how to more than survive this life.
Unfortunately, we don’t turn to the guide often enough and especially not in our greatest time of struggle. I am just as guilty as the next guy of not making the logical choice. As long as we recognize this truth and realize our God wants to guide us to success. He has given us the tools to do so but is up to us to use them daily.
So the next time you are asked, “What 3 books you would want if you were stranded on a desert island?” remember to answer with “survival guide.” However, make sure to still choose your Bible also.
I have two daughters so I have always dealt with costume jewelry. Usually stepping on the cheap plastic at night walking through the house. The imitation jewelry that made you feel like you had the real deal.
I was reminded today of how when I was a novice payer (still am, just now as much) I preferred to pray for things in which I would have no idea if God came though or answered. Praying for Him to move in others lives, an emotional need of someone or praying for someone I might not ever see again. I look back now and call it costume praying because it looked like the real deal but didn’t have the real feel. It was much easier to have great faith when I knew I wouldn’t have to face the possible let down if God didn’t come through. It was the same doubt that we all probably face at some point but I was able to disguise it so it wasn’t as noticeable.
Now I love to pray for other people in those same kind of situations but not for the same reasons. It is no longer has the cheap plastic feel but it is the real deal. I have Faith in God and I love to see other people blessed. Also, to have the Hope that their Faith will also be increased in those times when they see God come through in their life.
I’m glad that I have grown up “some” to get from costume prayer towards a greater faith in The Real Deal.
The other day I was driving to work and a squirrel caught my eye (as they often… SQUIRREL!). This squirrel, however, was not on the street dodging cars or leaping onto trees trying to become invisible. He was running across a telephone wire that expanded across the street. I was then reminded of Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Clearly in the situation of this squirrel the “broad road” would be the street with cars and the “narrow road” in his situation was the telephone wire. We have seen what happens to many squirrels that choose the wide option. Destruction comes to them by way of cars and trucks. We often choose the same type of path and receive the same consequence. We made a poor choice and all of the sudden we are caught in the middle of devastation not knowing where to go. Do I go back or keep going and than all of the sudden, SPLAT! However, this little guy found “the narrow road that leads to life” with safe passage across the street. Too often we make a common choice doing what we see everyone else doing, not asking if it is the choice that God would provide for us. So the next time you have a major choice to make ask yourself; Is this the broad road with danger or the narrow wire leading to life? . . . SQUIRREL!