In recent months, I’ve noticed I tend to concentrate on the “falling short,” part of Romans 3:23…alot.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
I fall short when I yell at my kids.
I fall short when I sit at the computer too long.
I fall short when I hit the snooze button and miss sharpening time with God.
Let’s pray for:
1. Their boldness to stand up for the Gospel in prison.
2. Their release.
3. Their ministry.
Prayers and Blessings,
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked,” (Proverbs 24:16).
When ‘to-do’ lists pile high, we have a tendency to say “Why bother?”
Why bother cleaning the house? It’s going to get messy as soon as the kids get home.
Why bother fixing supper? The kids never eat anyway.
Why bother calling Stanley Steamer? The Spaghetti-O stains will be back in a month.
Perform miracles, and
Comfort the broken-hearted.
Scripture points us to people who rejected this kind of attitude.
1. As Moses high-tailed it towards the Red Sea, he could have said, “Why bother? We’ll never get across in time, (see Exodus 14:15-30).” Instead, Moses allowed waters of deliverance to drown any “Why bother,” attitude that may have been floating beneath the surface.
2. When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert, he was disappointed by all the grumpy people and by his ultimate failure. He could have chosen to say “Why bother leading these folks across a hot desert into the Promise Land. I won’t be able to enjoy it anyway.” But, Moses chose obedience and caught a glimpse of the Promise Land.
3. In Mark 5 a woman known as “daughter,” was plagued with constant pain and bleeding. Peeking through the crowd to see Jesus, she could have said, “Why bother Jesus with my problems. I’m not important enough to ask for help. Nothing else has worked so why even try?” I love how she leapt over life’s obstacles to get to Jesus in spite of her circumstances.
Why bother Jesus?
Because we can’t but Jesus can. He conquered death. He can interrupt our pain. He isn’t restricted by our fears. He sees beyond our limitations.
Maybe the question we should be asking is, “Why bother in my own strength when I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)?”
Is a “Why bother” attitude stopping you from responding in obedience to God today?
This verse challenges me this week. It sparks several questions that ignite deep within my heart.
Am I really listening to God’s voice?
Am I hearing Him and doing what He says?
Am I acting in immediate obedience or am I acting according to my own time table?
Am I walking in God’s path?
Am I still holding on to too much?
Are “things” I’m holding onto, keeping me from walking with Jesus?
I stared at the girls for a moment. Their legs barely dangled over the edge. They shifted forward and dipped their miniature toes in white capped waters. I watched as the “nail-polish” lady gently painted the tiny toe-nails that once kicked the inside of my belly.
How did we get here so fast? It seems like yesterday I bought booties for those same feet and breast pumps for well, you know.