It is so easy to get off track. One day, I am reading the bible every morning, praying and so thankful about life. The next day, I barely get the kids to the bus stop on time after a morning filled with cries and grumbles. Feeling tired and having a bunch of errands and things to do, that morning I skip reading the bible. Those crazy mornings are when I need to read God’s word the most. God will take away the stress and give me direction for the day. Everyday, is a new day. It can be a day of stress, worries and trouble, or it can be a day to give my stress, worries and troubles to God. In return, God guides me through your day with ease.
God’s ways are good. We can all be wise and understand God’s ways. Reading the bible is like an adventure. You start unlocking little pieces each time you read the bible, and your pieces add up and fit together to make your path clear. I often pray to God for discernment, so I make good decisions. If we pray for discernment, God will give us understanding. When we follow the right ways of the Lord, the righteous can walk smoothly forward, while the rebellious stumble.
Who is wise? Let them realize these things.
Who is discerning? Let them understand.
The ways of the Lord are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.
–Hosea 14:9 New (NIV)
Speaking as someone who has been rebellious in my past, everyone is welcome with God. Start with a small step, and you will feel God pulling you towards him. God wants you to seek him. When you rebel, you take a difficult path, where you will stumble. However, every path can always lead to God, if you choose to seek God. It is never too late to start praying and seeking God.
When Jesus was being crucified on the cross, two criminals hung next to him on crosses. One of the criminals mocks Jesus and says, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” The other criminal rebukes him and says, “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” The criminal admits his mistakes and knows that he needs to be punished for justice. He also sees that Jesus should not be there, he did no wrong to deserve punishment. The criminal asked Jesus to remember him when he goes to his kingdom, and Jesus assures the criminal that he will be with him in paradise. The people are calling for Jesus’s death, yet the criminal hanging on the cross understands the almighty God and knows to fear God, because a horrible injustice is being committed. If a criminal can fear God and get forgiveness, we can too.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
–Luke 23:40-43 New International Version (NIV)
Life is easier if we follow God and do God’s will. When you rebel from God, you stumble. If you take a wrong turn or completely get lost, you can always turn back to God. As the criminal hung on the cross dying next to our Savior, Jesus, he feared God and sought Jesus. If you believe in the son of God, you will have eternal life. Its never too late to seek God and choose a straight path. If you think you are too far gone and made too many mistakes, you are wrong. God is waiting to pick you up and guide you. It all starts with a prayer.