God’s Word Says….
Acts 21:4 (NCV)
4 We found some followers in Tyre and stayed with them for seven days. Through the Holy Spirit they warned Paul not to go to Jerusalem.
“We’ve come a long way, baby” is the first thought that hit me as God caught my attention on this verse this morning. Imagine with me for a moment that we were on a trip from south Florida to north Georgia, and instead of sitting down and mapping out the best restaurants, or the motels that we prefer staying at, that we actually mapped out family and friends who lived within close proximity to our route! Especially Christian friends that we met at some point in our lives while visiting their church! Imagine the closeness that would reignite in our relationships! Paul and his entourage was forced to stop into the port at Tyre because they were traveling on a ship that had cargo for that port. They didn’t stay on the ship, nor did they look for a local establishment, but instead they searched for and found believers in that city that they could stay with. Now I know, you don’t want to be the local Holiday Inn bothered by folk always stopping in to stay with you, but friends we really need to do a better job of spending time with one another and enriching our family and friend relationships. Based on the verses that follows, I get the distinct impression that the lives of Paul and his team, as well as the families they stayed with, were enriched by this short stay. In fact, God even worked through one of the host members to share concern with Paul about his next visit to Jerusalem. Imagine that in today’s environment. You stop over for the night with a cousin, and the next morning they advise you to go west through Alabama instead of going straight north to north Georgia, as God shared with them there is trouble ahead for you! What on earth would our reaction be to that?
We have become so independent and want to do things on our own without any bother to anyone. Unfortunately, this has crossed the line in two ways:
- We have become distanced from our family and friends;
- We have distanced ourselves from God, because we refuse to allow Him to speak to us directly, or through other believers.
Friends, we must do a better job of “Leaning on the everlasting arms” of God, and “Trusting Him what‘er betide”, because “Trusting Jesus, that is all” – our only hope. Let’s draw nearer to God and to each other as we struggle along this cruel pathway of life.
Dear God, please continue to work on us and make us humble, obedient servants of Yours. We absolutely cannot do this thing called ‘life’ all by ourselves. We especially need You, Your wisdom and Your direction, but we also need our family and friends, for we are support for each other. Please help us to look for ways to spend time with family, and not the opposite. Please help us to look for ways to show servant-hood to others. Please speak to us on behalf of our loved ones so that our relationships would become more cemented, and ultimately centered on You. Please help us to never think that we can do this ‘life’ thing alone. I don’t believe that You intended it to be that way, instead I believe that You want us to reflect Your love towards others, and that can only come through us getting involved in their lives. Please help us to daily walk and talk more like You, because we want others to see You as they interact with us. Lord, this can only be done with Your power and in Your name, so I ask it in the almighty name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN!
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