My mother-in-law (who I actually get along with) once challenged the way I was praying for my kids. She said, “You don’t pray that God would make the road safe, you pray that He makes them strong enough to walk it.”
I’m in the office early again after a night of preaching on women in the church. It was a privilege to do it and I hope it built up in love, but I’m spent. I’m taking a quiet moment to type out a couple of thoughts while Pandora introduces me to my next favorite band. As I’m reflecting with someone called Martinez & Guthrie playing in the background, I have to giggle when I think about the things we’ve talked about as a church over the last couple of months.
I Corinthians has given us the chance to examine:
and, of course…
Tough stuff. Good stuff. But why go through all of this? Wouldn’t it be easier to hold hands and skip through the daisies of less invasive Scripture?
First of all, those passages don’t exist. There’s not a morsel of the Gospel that doesn’t completely offend my base instincts.
Secondly, what’s the point of this exercise anyway if not to change us? We could smile, wink and sit securely where we feel most comfortable.
We could be safe. We could be predictable. We could be more accommodating.
Or, we can be strong.
We can actually become more resilient, more assured and more effective.
But this won’t ever occur if we evade tough topics or vacate when we don’t agree or don’t apply God’s Word to our lives.
It won’t ever occur if we don’t hold tightly to an abiding relationship with Christ—which will, without question, be one bumpy ride out of the dark.
So we journey onward with determination and perseverance, asking God to perfect us in Christ. Here’s the prayer:
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 (NASB)
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