Today: Jesus never stumbled!
Passage: 1 Peter 2
8 and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”[d] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. (1 Peter 2, NIV 84) – emphasis added
Among those who “follow” Christ, many stumble; only a few makes it straight
In the O.T, we can see this phrase in many places: “(he) did everything exactly as God told him to do”
Noah, Abraham, Moses all fall into that category. They never stumbled. They did not invent their own ways of doing what God asked them to do. They just did it exactly as God told them to do
I will tell you one person who really stumbled: Jonah!
He found his own way around the message of God; he was smart
And then, he found that he was made for Nineveh, not Tarshish; he was very effective in Nineveh
In fact, he never thought he would be that useful there. People repented before he even finished preaching. He couldn’t believe his own eyes!
But then, he didn’t like it. He wanted to see God’s judgment upon that city!
Jonah was never used to being that effective; until that day, he was like a “rejected stone”. No one knew the prophet!
Noah preached like a fool; when he said “it will rain and flood”, people thought they found the craziest man ever. He was crazy for God. He believed God 100%
Abraham was no different. He just followed God and His command; no questions!
Moses did exactly what God told him to do. So God did exactly what Moses asked
Moses told the people in front of the red sea that God was going to do a great thing for them, even when he didn’t know exactly what God was going to do.
God honored the faith of Moses; those words of moses triggered God into action!
When children are good in things, when they are obedient, parents will be pleased to do things for them. God is no different. When Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to stand still, God did it for him.
In the new testament, we see that apostles like Peter and John were very effective. People were amazed at their effectiveness!
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4, NIV 84)-emphasis added
Being with Jesus and doing exactly what He wants us to do, is the key to success and the way to avoid stumbling
Have a blessed day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I have stumbled many times because I wasn’t obeying you completely. Many a time, I was too busy to spent time with you. Help me spend more time with you and do exactly what you want me to do. Amen
“The best way to avoid stumbling is to hold on to Jesus; Jesus never stumbles”