in dismay continuing to follow

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

The disciples of our Lord must have wondered from time to time why in the world they were on the journey to Jerusalem. Jesus told them three times that they were to go to Jerusalem where he would suffer many things, be killed and be raised to life after three days. They couldn’t comprehend it, but they understood enough that it was past their understanding. It just didn’t make sense in their world or understanding of things, including their understanding of the scriptures themselves. And we read in other places, they simply weren’t ready to understand.

How true that can be for us as well. We may have had a habit of holding on to things in a certain way which runs counter to trusting in the Lord with all one’s heart. We can’t say for sure just what those things might be; they can touch sore spots so to speak, areas we don’t want touched. Of course the enemy comes in looking for a hay day in which they can run us through anything which distracts and detours us from God and God’s will in his grace for us in Jesus.

The disciples kept following; the Lord had already designated them apostles, only one was to fail, Judas Iscariot. But the rest both made good and confirmed the Lord’s calling for them. Even in the midst of not understanding well if at all what was going on, they continued on day after day. Jesus himself had a lot to do with that. He knew how to guide them and indeed they were a fellowship. We shouldn’t forget the women who helped them along the way, so that they could continue on in the Lord’s ministry.

To deny oneself, take up one’s cross and follow surely should be the goal of every disciple or follower of our Lord. By the Spirit we are surely in training for this. It is the grace in which we’re to live. In doing so, we entrust ourselves fully to the one who is trustworthy. Not only are we to accept by faith the truth of who he is and what he teaches us, which is the essential starting point. But we must follow through to see that truth worked out more and more fully in our lives. So that we might fulfill his calling to us, a calling to full identification with him as we share his gospel to the world.

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