Now you, if you call yourself a Jew...
Thoughts for Today:A number of months ago I was faced with a difficult problem -- one I wrestled with regularly yet couldn't bring to conclusion. I had trouble sleeping, I developed an eye twitch (for me a symptom of stress), my stomach became sensitive to all sorts of foods, and little things irritated me easily. I prayed, "Lord, why doesn't this situation get resolved? Is there something else I need to do?" Then the Lord answered, "It is not your problem it is Mine."
You see I called myself a Christian, yet I had forgot one fundamental responsibility -- being a Christian isn't following a set of rules, laws, values or principles -- it is loving and trusting God. I think that's what Paul begins to speak about in our passage today -- the Jews could call themselves Jews, but what did that mean exactly? For me, being a Christian means letting God lead in all areas of my life while trusting Him with the results. Where I went wrong -- my job description didn't include worry.
Questions to Ponder:Have you been losing sleep lately? Feeling a little stressed? After you've done all you can do, are you still unsettled? What does being a Christian mean to you in this circumstance? Consider Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." And also, Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"