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Don’t forget that Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice, and they follow me.”

 

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Do what honors God, and then be patient.

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“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT)

 

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God often gives us guidance through Christian friends and spiritually mature believers.

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SPLASH!

The motion of my friend’s arms, which had been going in small, irregular circles as he stood on the log over the middle of the stream, suddenly begin to swing more wildly and in larger arcs. In fact, I would have to describe it as wild flailing of the arms. And along with that came some odd sounds out of Robert’s mouth.

“Ah! Ooooh! Aaaaah! Oh, oh, oh, oh, nooooooooooo!”

As these noises were coming out of his mouth he began to lean forward, then backward, then forward again. Yah, I really did wish I had brought my camera with me! What a rotten thing to be thinking at a time like this.

Robert, with that last, long drawn-out “No!” suddenly fell forward, his arms continuing to swing wild arcs in the sky around him. It made no difference. He was a goner. As his feet slipped off the surface of the log he made what appeared to be a final thrust of his body, backwards, so he would not land in the cold water face-first. Splash! It worked! He ended up going into the river, feet-first. And was he ever lucky! It was quickly obvious that the river was only about 4-5 feet deep at that point. His booted feet hit the bottom of the stream with the water only going up a bit below his armpits. Lucky, right?

But then my friend had to get to the edge of the stream and up the snow-covered bank. I needed to help him. Yes! And so I began to cheer him on as he thrashed his way through the icy water towards the bank.

“C’mon, Robert! You can do it. C’mon, man! Give em’ Green River! Don’t drown on me!”

The “Green River” part was our Boy Scout Mountain Man Patrol yell. And maybe I overdid it a bit with the drowning part, but where his arms had been flailing through the air moments before, they were now flailing through the water. Drowning did not appear to be any threat. I don’t know if my words really helped Robert, or not, but he quickly neared the bank of the stream and I moved back out of the way so he wouldn’t splash water on me. This wasn’t a good day to be getting wet, you understand.

In Psalm 18:16-19, King David recounts an experience when Saul was after him, trying to kill him. Later, David said this: But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!

I don’t recall Robert ever telling me that he thought he might drown. But I am not sure that he felt as if I was sticking by him as closely as God stuck by David, either! Maybe that was something I needed to work on. But Robert and I remained friends over the years, and I still remember an occasion when I was on the other end of things, so to speak, and he stood by me. It is good to have friends, and be friends with God!

Prayer: Thank you, again, for the friends you have given us, Lord. Thank you for friends who stick close to us through all phases of life—the good times as well as the tough times. Help me be that kind of friend to those around me. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

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If my desires are not in conflict with God’s Word, I have freedom to act.

 

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God never plants within our hearts and minds desires that are contrary to His will.

 

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