Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:24
A dear friend said to me one day, “Why does the Christian life have to be so hard? At times I feel so close to the Lord and at other times I feel so far away. I don’t want to read His Word, I just want to sleep in. I feel lazy and rebellious and wonder why TV and food seem to be my go to, instead of prayer and the Bible. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I be consistently close to the Lord?”
I think we all feel this way at times. Sometimes in our walk with Jesus we simply start to drift. We don’t feel as hungry for the Word of God or eager to attend church as we did in the past. We still go through the motions, but our heart is not engaged.
It is because we still have a sin nature and live in a fallen world. We will stumble at times because the kingdom of God is in constant conflict with the kingdom of Satan. We have the pull of the world and we also have the desire to walk in holiness with God. We fight constant temptations daily to satisfy our sinful nature: to be lazy, to eat and drink as much as we want, to be rude or spiteful or grumpy. We all battle our own weaknesses, every day, whatever they may be.
Charles Stanley said, “We need to make continual course corrections to stay on track”.
Yes, we stumble, and we are tempted to take the wide and easy road, but don’t give up, return each day to your Heavenly Father for help, forgiveness and continual course correction. He will help us stay on track.
Prayer: Oh Father, forgive me for stumbling, forgive me for my rebellious acts and selfish worldly thoughts. Continue to correct my course and bring me ever closer to your heart.