Prayer of the day:
O God, strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Why are some of the most simple instructions the hardest to follow? We seem to constantly make mountains out of mole hills. We think it’s harder than it looks. Many times it is harder, but at the same time it’s easier. It’s all because we don’t believe what we hear. It’s selfish ambition that makes us that way.
Psalm 119:1-8 (ESV)
Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet
119 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he shows the frustration that church leaders end up having with their congregations. It’s not that surprising at the same time. When you get a group of people together there will always be factions within it, it’s human nature, it’s our fallen nature. Our goal is to rise above that, and the only way we can is through God’s help.
In Jesus teaching on the Mount with the Beatitudes he goes into much greater detail. It’s not just the commandments, but the spirit of the commandments that we constantly break. Jesus understood better than anyone else that our actions are the final outward sign of what’s been going on internally. So when he states that if we lust after someone, we’ve already committed adultery. It’s a fine line that’s been drawn between anything and everything.