Read Hebrews 3:12-19:

 

Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.  As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

 

Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses?  But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?  And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient?  So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.  (NRSV)

 

from Rev. David Chafin – Deputy Regional Minister

            Most of us are not excited by hearing the advice—however good it may be—of a fellow-traveler.  When it comes to seeking directions on the journey, I want to trust my “gut.”  Problem is, my gut is not a sound compass.

            I need to be reminded that I do not journey alone, but in partnership with Christ, and in companionship with fellow-travelers—people who may have insights into how best to walk the path which I have never dreamed of.

            Let us listen to the voices around us, and compare them to what we know of the Christ made known in the gospels, and then make wiser choices than our “gut” may suggest.  In this is faithfulness.

 

Help me to trust myself much less,

to hear the voices of my faith companions,

and to follow ultimately the Christ  I love and profess, O God.

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