|Today’s Scripture: …stand fast in the faith,… 1 Corinthians 16:13b|
|One day a pastor saw a cat stuck in a tree in his yard. He thought he would help rescue the poor cat but realized the tree was too tall for a ladder, but not big enough to climb. He thought to himself, ‘Maybe I can bend the tree enough to grab the cat.’ He got a rope, threw it around the tree, and hooked it up to his car in order to save the poor cat. As the limb the cat was on descended closer and closer to arm’s length, the rope snapped. The pastor looked up to see the cat flying through the air into the distance. He felt so bad about what had happened, he searched the neighborhood for any sign of the cat but found none. Two days later, he was at the store when one of his church members that he knew hated cats had some cat food in her cart. He asked her why she had it. She said that her daughter had been begging for a cat, and after repeatedly telling her, “No,” said, “If one falls from the sky, you can keep it.” The daughter ran outside and started to pray. The woman looked at the pastor and said, “You wouldn’t believe what happened.”
The Corinthians were like that cat, and sometimes we are, too. It’s like we are soaring through the air without anything to hold onto. We are unable to control where we are going, and we can get blown in any direction.
We are told to stand fast in “the faith.” The faith is not “your faith”. “Your faith” is the faith that you exercise that you would believe God, that you would put your trust in Jesus as Savior. “Your faith” is also the faith that will help you succeed in your Christian life-that the God that saved you will also provide for and help you. Rather, “the faith” is the whole body of the truth of God-Who He is and what He has done. We need to stand firm on the authority of God’s Word, the holiness of God, that Jesus is God and that He came as the Savior of mankind, and that salvation is offered to all.
We have to know God’s Word so that we don’t get led astray by false doctrine. We have the truth; we can see for ourselves what the Bible says. When people question our faith, let’s stand firm on the truths of the Word of God. Let’s make sure that we are grounded in the faith so that we will not be deceived. If our foundation in God’s Word is sure, we can have success.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.