Sunday Reflection: Stumbling

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 
To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude‬ ‭1:24-25‬

Sudden episodes of dizziness, nausea, wooziness, unbalance and more can all be symptoms of vertigo. It’s what I have been experiencing this week. Anyone that has endured this knows that stumbling is a part of it, and the biggest concern is that those stumbles may turn into a detrimental fall. To prevent this, you have to be well aware of each step you take while focusing your mind on your sense of balance. You may have to slow down or even briefly stop to reach your destination without fault, but you can still get there safely by being attentive to the right dynamics that are able to keep you from stumbling.

How much better would our Christian walk be if we treated it as if having vertigo? What if we saw our stumbles of sin and our biggest concern was that they could overtake us to turn into a detrimental eternal fall? Would we then become well aware of every step that we took, allowing Jesus to be the focus of our prevention? 

I am choosing Jesus Christ as the focus for my walk, and I hope you will too. His unwavering steps in devotion to God led Him to a brutal death that was a demonstration of love to save us from the eternal fall, thus providing us with the right dynamics for our sense of perfect balance to remain steady. Maybe stumbling will happen along the way for us, but that will only be because we took our mind off of Him Who is able to keep us from stumbling. Let this be a warning sign for us to slow down or briefly stop to refocus our steps in humble repentence. By being well attentive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we can safely reach our heavenly destination where we will be presented faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy!

God our Savior, Who alone is wise, I commit to focus my walk by the footsteps of Jesus. In sharing in His meal this Lord’s day, I am reminded that He is the one who can keep me from stumbling and present me faultless before You because He bore my sins on that cruel cross. How I wish I could walk as perfect as Him, but I am ashamed to say that my steps sometimes waver. Forgive me as I humbly repent and mindfully turn back to strive for the perfect balance that keeps me steadily reaching for the exceeding joy of Your presence. All glory and majesty, dominion and power, are Yours both now and forever. Amen

Truth in love,

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