Prayer for the day
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
Scripture for the day
There are so many times in the life of a Christian when he is faced with significant moral dilemma. The question he is to continually ask himself is this: “how can I be a faithful follower of Jesus in this situation?”
I’ve spent a lot of time with Christians, and I know that in these difficult circumstances, this is sometimes, but rarely, the first question that is asked. All kinds of other considerations crowd into the thinking process until it’s almost impossible for the Christian to say what he should do or even why he should do what he should do.
Paul has some advice for those who are struggling. Some are struggling with this new “life in Christ” in a bunch of different areas: marriage, sexuality, circumcision, eating and drinking and worshipping and everything! Paul, interestingly, gives the same advice to all of these struggles: life as a believer. Set aside the way you previously thought, worrying about pragmatism and practicality and all of those things, and simply live as the creator designed you to live.
This may seem like simple advice on the surface, though it is anything but. The life of Christ is a life that is deliberately lived, a life that requires constant vigilance and thought, constant regard for what is happening and how God would have us act in each situation.
There is one thing that helps us live this life more successfully: the love of God.
The Psalmist is fascinated, captivated, and apprehended by the love of God. The love of God, says the Psalmist, endures forever. No matter how difficult life becomes, no matter how difficult the decisions we must make as a believer are, the love of God endures, maintains, and upholds the faithful.
And that’s a comforting thought!