God: gives us the will and strength to carry our load….
Luke 14:27-28 (KJV) “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”
As you go through life many experience highly tumultuous events throughout their life and to some extent it becomes the norm to have high stressors occurring in their life cycle. Without these events, life can be doldrums.
Other folks experience a quiet existence and anything out of the ordinary will be a point break in going from day-to-day. For these folks it is out of the norm to face trauma, but they can ride through the storm if or when it occurs.
The point of the statements is to indicate that at all levels, no matter what type of lifestyle we live, we have to go through things which we have to deal with and overcome.
Jesus in our reading, indicates that it is important and necessary to consider a situation before you get into it; think on the latitude and the longitude; how it will affect you in the short and long-term process; think on all possible effects and what you are bringing to the table as well, will it go the distance.
This mentality is especially important in the decision to walk with Jesus: it’s not an ordinary walk, it is not common place: Scripture says we are a “chosen generation and a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) so the things that is normal to the world just might be uncommon to us; the things others take for granted is to be examined; it is expected that some things have to be dropped off and forsaken. It is expected that you seek guidance and direction from the true Lord and Savior of man.
You have to think on these things before making a commitment to enter the walk, although the trust and grace from Christ is the expectation that His Spirit will complete the things which pertain to you. No one is perfect, but will be perfected through Christ; saying that to say, when He instructs you on things that offend Him, there must be a conviction to move away or change behaviors.
Looking back on things, it is important to note that as a Father, Jesus never leaves us to walk or fight this fight on our own, but the onus is on us to do what is needed and has a made up mind to walk in compliance with His direction.
Trivia: Who was said to have “The law of truth was in his mouth”? Who was God speaking about?