The Israelites were God’s chosen people, and yet they disappointed him constantly. Finally, he told them to go away and worship your own gods–you don’t need me–I’ll let you fail. However, we know he gave them many opportunities to change their ways.
Then, God sent Jesus to show the way to live, and how much we need discipline in our lives. And, we can’t receive it by following our own false gods. We are blessed that through Jesus, when we stumble, we get a second, third, fourth, and more when needed chances to be rescued. God will pick us up, dust us off, and send us out to do his will.
I have neuropathy in my feet, which leaves them with “dead spots” due to nerve damage. It is troubling when I stumble because feet were intended to keep us balanced. When my pathways are rough or uneven, I move more slowly, and when I go on a hike, I take my trusty walking stick with me.
During my faith walk, I encounter different paths, too. Sometimes they are rocky or I’m unsure of what God expects of me. Instead of crying out, “Help me, God,” I stop the racing thoughts going through my mind and lean on God as if he were my walking stick.
Lord, when we cry to you during troubling times, help us accept your life-giving comfort. Amen.