Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 10)
You Can Count On Me! And Me! And Me!
Then a scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.' Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His Head.' Another of the disciples said to Him, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' But Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.'
Matthew 8:19-22 (NASB)
Peter said to Him, 'Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.'
Matthew 26:33 (NASB)
I've made my share of rash commitments. Without proper consideration, I vowed, moved or agreed too quickly: to causes, pledges, propositions and seemingly helpful ideas, without looking at all the angles or counting up the costs for myself.
Even more, I've counted on people who promised friendship and assistance, then disappeared without looking back. When they were needed or expected, their yes's became no's or not now's. Their loyalty proved as elusive as a mole in an underground hole.
'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?' (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus knew it. He knew hearts and men, and 'Would not entrust Himself to them' (John 2:24). When star-struck fans flooded toward Him or fearful disciples forsook Him, He wasn't surprised or unprepared. Because He placed His trust in just One.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Without a doubt, fans can be fickle. So can agents and casting directors. Friends can come and go without notice. Even family can let you down. Nor are believers perfectly true. On earth, perfection is a process.
But God is eternally faithful. He will never leave or forsake you. If you're on a mission He ordered, if you're feeling awfully lonely, if no one seems to understand you, take your frustrations straight to the Top. Non-stop support can always be found.
'Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Name of the Lord our God' (Psalm 20:7).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.