Today is the Sabbath Day. My husband has told our older children that he will take them fishing this morning, while I rest at home with our little ones.
While my body may be at rest at the moment, my mind is not. I have encountered many trials this past year, and my mind has been thinking about them a lot this week…which has led to sadness. The complete opposite of the joy and rest God offers to me freely.
While there are many things in life that I cannot physically change myself, I can choose to focus on my unchangeable Heavenly Father instead. Why do we as humans sometimes decide to focus on the negative circumstances around us?
There are times when we are going to be hurt. This is a given. I think this is even more true when we are following hard after God. When we do things differently than the rest of the world, and even modern Christianity, we will sometimes be “shunned.”
Perhaps this will come from complete strangers. This week I was told that I was not a Christian and was in danger of hellfire because I do not believe in a particular church doctrine exactly as prescribed in the Nicene Creed. That was fun.
Perhaps it will come from your church. We have been “shunned” before, because I was considered devisive and our pastor didn’t like my blog. That was really hard.
Perhaps it will come from your family. Extended family and your children alike might not understand the sold out nature of your faith, and wish for you to be more “normal.” I’ve experienced this, too.
But friends, we aren’t called to be “normal.” We are called to be truth seekers who rightfully divide the Word.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
I fear that too often we just go with the flow, and follow man-made church traditions and doctrines without seeking answers in Scripture for ourselves. Instead, we should be diligent workers when it comes to Bible study. My eyes have been opened to so many things during the past four years. It is all because of God’s unending grace.
Sometimes, we will stand alone. But as long as we are standing with the Father while holding fast to faith in Yeshua (Jesus), then we are on the right path.
The path is narrow, ladies. We must remember that.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
There are not many who hold the authority of Scripture high. Not many who decide to forego the ways of the world and be feminine children of God who truly value the ancient paths.
Thus saith the LORD (YHWH), Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Let’s seek God’s rest today. Let’s bask in His goodness and joy. Let’s stay in His Word.
He loves and cares for you so much. We can be encouraged today, even if we walk alone.