July 19 Going Against the Flow

Scripture reading: Matthew 7:24–29

Key verse: Luke 21:33

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

If you have witnessed the launching of a space shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, you know that it is truly a spectacular sight. When not very high into the air, the shuttle begins a slight roll that positions it for later orbit.

Until the craft is out of the earth’s atmosphere, the shuttle is under the control of computers. The astronauts are powerless to aid or assist its climb. Once in orbit, they man the controls, check the performance of onboard computers, and assist in vital experiments. When the mission is completed, the craft reenters the earth’s gravitational pull and heads home. However, during reentry, NASA’s computers stand silent. They trace the ship; but for a brief moment in time, the shuttle is an unpowered craft that relies on its gliding ability to make a safe landing.

Often we place our trust in things that are finite, fallible, and destructible. Yet we find it difficult to place our trust in God. The Bible tells us there is one thing that will never pass away, and that is the Word of God. Men and their ideas come and go, but Jesus Christ remains the same forever.

The same God who parted the Red Sea, spoke to the prophets, and came to us in the form of a baby invites you to come into His presence. Why not go against the flow of the world by placing your trust in something that never changes and will last for an eternity?

Father, I place my trust in what is infinite, infallible, and indestructible. I place my confidence in You, Your Word, and Your Son, Jesus Christ.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 210). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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