Fork in the road

News about Solomon’s wisdom and his kingdom seemed to travel quickly to other countries. It is interesting how Queen Sheba traveled with her army to speak to Solomon, just because she had heard about his kingdom and his wisdom. She came to test him and/or to give him hard riddles to answer. After all of her attempts, she was speechless because he was able to answer all of her questions. Through out her encounter, I am sure that Solomon gave credit to God for his wisdom. This probably brought up more questions about God in general. I might be reading into the story a little, but I would bet that every question she had about God was probably answered. As she left Solomon’s kingdom, she was left at a fork in the road spiritually. Should she accept this God or should she continue down her road of serving her god(s) or maybe no god.

The same should be true with us, as we meet people in our everyday lives, we should be a ‘fork in the road’ to people spiritually. They need to hear about Christ and be left with a decision: “Should I accept Christ or do I reject him”. We need to be ready to give a defense about our faith (see 1 Peter 3:15). I have found that many non-Christians have one or two questions about God that trouble them. Well meaning Christians in their past could not answer these questions for them. Usually, once those questions are answered, man-made walls are knocked down and they are left with a decision, “What do I do with Jesus?” There are some that use these questions as a way to heckle Christians, because they have seen that most can not answer them, but there are some that need that wall knocked down so they are able to believe. So hopefully as we live our lives we can be a “fork in the road”, so people will be left with a choice about Christ: Should I accept him or do I reject him?

How about you. Have you accepted him or rejected him?

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;

1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

Confusion in Worship

Today in Children’s Church, I taught in Matthew six. The chapter talks about not worrying, but “to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (v.33). I like to have the teaching applicable to even their age, but I was not really sure if at that age there would be many who would have worries. When I asked if anyone worries, quickly most raised their hand. They went on to tell me some of the things that they were afraid of. I went on to encourage them that when they begin to worry they should “seek after God”. It was neat to see how quick they picked up on this. I asked them, “How can we seek after God?” They quickly responded, “Praying, reading the Bible, telling God what is bothering you,….). It is awesome to see it when little children start grasping the deep things of God. Worship is starting to bud in their lives. Maybe we ought to take some lessons from these little children.

In the Old Testament, when Job lost all of his material possessions and even his ten children, he had a choice whether to worship or to curse God. The same thing is true with us, we have the exact same choice that Job had, blessing or cursing. When life throws us unexpected loops, we can either worship or curse God. If we were all honest, at one time or another, we have all cursed God when things did not go our way. Of course it is better to worship and to put our hope and trust in God, but sometimes there is pain, hurt, and confusion in the worship. The confusion is there because our little minds try to figure out what an all-powerful God is trying to do in our lives.

Throughout the gospels, the disciples saw firsthand the accounts of Jesus showing his authority of the wind and the waves. He was able to defy the natural laws (walking on water) and calm a storm. For experienced fisherman to be afraid and struggling during a storm, it must have been intense. Even though the storm was intense, Jesus was able to handle it and calm it. Likewise in our own storms of life He is able to handle our problems and give us inner peace through the storm.

Matthew 6:25-34 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.