Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) When you see the word therefore, you know Peter is pointing back to what he just said. Peter was saying that Christians are born again as the power of the risen Lord touches their lives. “Now,” Peter says,...
Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame. Romans 10:11
Imagine a family of four from Florida taking their first road trip north to Wisconsin at Christmas time. They pull up beside a lake and decide to get out for a walk. Everything is frozen and, of course, the first question from the kids is: “Can we go on the ice?”
Although it can get cold in Florida, it does not get nearly as cold as Wisconsin. They rarely see ice, and when they do it is usually pretty thin, so they are very cautious.
After some reluctance, mom and dad decide that it would be ok to venture out. And so they begin feeling their way, one foot at a time, out onto the ice. Just then, they hear the sound of an engine and voices, and they turn around to see a group of teenagers in a car. The engine roars and the next thing they know the car slides right onto the ice and out to the middle.
You may have great confidence, but that will not hold you up if you are walking on thin ice. You may be cautious, fearful and nervous, but you are in no danger if you are walking on solid ice.
What matters is not the strength of your faith, but the strength of the one in whom you have put your trust. Whatever your life may bring, Jesus can hold you up.
Take some time and meditate on the certainty and confidence you can have in Jesus, the one you have put your trust in: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).