Are You Stumbling?

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

March 12, 2024

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Are You Stumbling?

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1 Peter 2:8 “…and ‘A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.’ They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.”

Think

In the heart of the American Midwest, in the fields and rolling plains, there's a tradition passed down through generations of farmers. When the winds howled warnings of impending storms, they'd tie sturdy ropes from their houses to their barns. These simple ropes weren't just lifelines; they were pathways to safety, guiding them through the tempests and preventing them from being swept away as they checked on the animals.

It's an old story, but one that speaks volumes about navigating the tumultuous winds of life. In our modern world, those winds aren't merely breezes—they're tempests of uncertainty, fear, trauma, doubt, and worry. We, too, need something to anchor us, something that ensures we won't be carried away by the chaos.

Just as those ropes tethered the farmers to safety, God's Word tethers us to truth and stability. It's in the Scriptures that we find our bearings, discovering not only who God is but also how he wants us to live. Only when we're firmly rooted and living out these truths can we confidently navigate life's storms, knowing which way to turn, which priorities to uphold, and how to love one another authentically.

In 1 Peter 2:8, the apostle warns, "They stumble because they disobey the word…" Here lies a profound truth: stumbling often accompanies disobedience. However, it's not a condemnation of those who strive to live by God's Word. Even the steadiest will stumble at times. But, when we do trip, the Word serves as our lifeline, guiding us back to solid ground.

It's not about perfection but perseverance—about learning, growing, and responding in Christ. While some may stumble in disobedience, others find firm footing through their faithfulness to God's Word. So, hold fast to your lifeline, navigating life's storms with grace, humility, and unwavering trust in the One who anchors our souls.

Apply

Set aside a specific time each day for personal Bible study and reflection. Consistency is key to deepening your understanding of Scripture and strengthening your faith.

Pray

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Scripture. Help me to be diligent in studying and meditating on your Word, that I may be firmly rooted in your truth. Forgive me for the times when I have stumbled and disobeyed you. Give me strength and humility to turn back to you, knowing your grace and love is sufficient. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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