Bible Study & Devotional Day 280
Colossians 3:5-6 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
To Ward Off Trouble
By contributing writer: Reason A. Chandler
We see life from a child’s perspective, which is not always bad as long as you remember to stay in a child’s place. We could sense trouble from a place deep down inside of us, and when we choose to do so, our memory will also help us, especially when danger threatens to disrupt our state of happiness at that particular time. Our parents shared with us, or should I say taught us, what it meant to maintain our world of peace, which by the way, they provided for us. So there were rules to follow, and as long as we stayed within the guidelines, we were free of trouble.
For example, one day, our mother left home to run errands, and before leaving, mom gave us instructions. Case in point, do not leave this house while I’m gone, was the one rule we had to follow though it was not the only rule. Well, when wrestling with what we want against what we need to do, the wants often win the match. The entire time we were away from home doing what we wanted, we felt deep down inside that we were out of position and vulnerable to harm being done to us and something needed to be done. We needed to get back into place to ward off trouble.
When we do not honor God or mom and dad, who is there to help us grow up and become great? In our hearts, there is always an indicator that tugs at our spirit.
This tugging is saying trouble is coming because you are out of position.
Because of your disobedience, there is the wrath of your parents to face. This nature of ours if not put into check, will lead us to destruction and worse, we will find ourselves face to face with the wrath of God.
To ward off trouble, to avoid the wrath of God we must bring our tendency to give in to our wants under control and make them subject to our needs. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths—a path of goodwill, prosperity, and abundant life free from wrath.
The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Friday, October 7, 2022
Jeremiah 8:8-9:26, Colossians 3:1-17, Psalm 78:32-55, Proverbs 24:27
Reason A. Chandler,SR is a pastor serving within the United Methodist Virginia Conference. As the senior Pastor of Jackson Street United Methodist Church (JSUMC) in Lynchburg, Virginia, he has inspired the community to push beyond the limits. The last seven years at JSUMC laid the foundation to move worship into a digital space. The pandemic provided an opportunity to grow and expand the ministry virtually, with Sunday service available on YouTube. Connect with Reason via Facebook.