Monday September 10, 2018
1 Peter 2:8-9
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Yesterday we were painted a beautiful picture of the church and how we are each an important part of the structure. Today we look at the other side of things. The next few verses that lay out what it looks like if we are not a part of the structure and solidity of the church.
I can vaguely remember when I was about two years old. It was my sisters birthday party and I decided I was going to give the swirly slide a go. As you can image I went down it with some speed and my inertia carried me right off the slide onto my leg. Broken. I would spend the next few months crawling with a cast on my leg. I was young, I’ll give myself that, but I wasn’t supposed to go down the slide alone. Partially my fault, but I’ll blame it on the adults who were supposed to be supervising me. C’mon I was two!
What’s the point? I stumbled because I didn’t obey. In our lives we stumble when we don’t obey. God’s word gives us everything we need to know about this life. How to deal with every situation and problem thrown at us. Don’t believe me? Give it a try, you’ll be surprised. With that said, we know what is right and wrong for the most part. What we should do and shouldn’t. It’s just a matter of obeying.
God knows we aren’t perfect and we will stumble, but he gets upset when we start to cause others to stumble. Reflect on your life and see if this is you. If not great, but if so, it may be time to make some changes. Jesus would love to help.
What’s causing me to stumble?
How can I help someone up who is stumbling through life?
Dear Lord, thank you for forgiveness. Without it we are nothing. With it we are everything. You know we stumble, but love us anyways and we love that about you. Amen.
Have a great week!