When my husband and I moved into a bigger home, we decided to grow flower beds and keep a dog. One morning we realized our dog had destroyed some of the flowers. I was angry. I concluded we do away with the dog and keep the beds. My husband felt otherwise. After some deliberation, we aligned to keep the dog.
As Christians, we are faced with the dilemma of making choices (i.e a high-paying job that contradicts our moral values, a toxic relationship vs. staying single)
We are encouraged today to choose JESUS and all he represents. We cannot simply sit on the fence.
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24, NIV)
At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. (Daniel 6:24 NIV)
I read again recently, the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and I wondered, why a whole family had to bear the consequences of one man’s wrong. I personally thought it was unfair.
But then again, I thought this was the same way Jesus Christ (one man) died, and salvation came to all.
My conclusion therefore is that, the result of our actions either good or bad can have a ripple effect on those close to us and future generation. Hence the need to act responsibly.
Being brought up by African parents, there’s pressure of conforming to strict standards.
I recall a general statement most parents tell their children. “Remember the child of who you are!”
I wonder however, the true intention of this statement. Was it for the purpose of preserving a family name or to really keep one on the right track?
Ironically, God is also protective of his own name, but he does this differently. He does not just charge us not to bring disgrace to his name, but he partners with us to ensure it doesn't happen. He does this by daily guiding our steps to take right decisions.
It looks to me like God protects his own name, by ensuring we end well.
He refreshes my soul; He guides me along the right path for his name’s sake. (Psalms 23:3, NIV)
As a story teller, sometimes I find myself changing the trajectory of my articles. I could start off to write a tragedy, then change to a “happily ever after". I am the author, so I decide. My main focus is to achieve an expected end.
I believe this is how God's grace rewrites the stories of our lives. Left to the enemy, our stories will end negatively. Jesus addressed Peter about this in Luke.
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (Luke 22:31–34, NIV)
Can you reflect today on areas of your life that could have gone wrong except for God? It is indeed an honour to have a merciful father who gives second chances.