Psalm 142:3-5 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge,my portion in the land of the living.”
David was hiding in a cave when he wrote this psalm. Many of us live in caves. Maybe we live there for a week or a month or a lifetime. In the cave, we wonder if any really care. We block off hands that try to reach. All around us are others living in caves. They won’t put out their heads unless they know we care.
God cares. He cares for you. He is safe. He doesn’t lay traps. You don’t have to live in the cave. You can help others out of their cave.
Prayer: Father, the caves of life are dark and damp and fearful. You are full of light and warmth and care. Your care removes our fear. You allow us to see light in the darkest moments. You warm the coldness of despair. You open hope with care. Give us strength to do the same for others.
Matthew 4: 21: And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22: And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
The daily drudge can easily cause us to miss opportunity presented. Jesus is such an opportunity. It takes guts to break the daily drudge and follow Him.
He is worth following. He is worth more than our business and busyness. He is worth more than our blood family. He is worth more than any occupying of our time and life. Jesus is just worth following.
In a business meeting recently, it struck me how many originally did not want to be a part of this team. In the beginning, they had resisted and fumed and made noise in private and openly. We persisted together. Now, they were all enjoying prosperity and the team.
One colleague new to the company especially persisted. She continued to present the positive and the pressing needs. She continued to follow up with each team member. What did we need to communicate? How could she help? She had been following. Others followed her following our department’s direction following the executives following the business needs of our customers. What could happen if we fell in line following Jesus like that?
ACT! Follow Him today. Stop the daily drudge for 2 minutes and see if you can hear Him call.
PRAY! Father, I’m listening. I’ve put down my daily drudge, and am listening. Call me. Call me to follow Jesus.