John 5:8 (NASB) Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk..."
I had my driver’s license for about a year. So, when I needed to move my brother’s car out of the driveway to get my car out, I didn’t think there would be a problem. My mom asked me if I would be okay. You see, my brother had a manual shift on the column. “No problem,” I said feeling confident. However, as I got out and began to drive the car around the block to park it, I got to a stop sign and couldn’t get the car back in forward. I could get reverse, but not forward. I ended up driving the car backwards around the block. Sometimes we need to make sure exactly what we are doing before we jump into things. We need to get specific instructions like today’s verse shares about getting up and moving forward. I eventually learned how to drive a stick shift, both forwards and backwards. Forwards is much more fun. Let’s make sure we know what we’re doing; or we could end up going backwards a lot longer than we planned.
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotion: Read this chapter with your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them and discuss. Pray with them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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