Not long ago, I went fishing with my five year old grandson. We grabbed two poles and a shovel. First we would dig up the worms for baiting the hook. We walked to the pond and laid our fishing poles aside and begin our search for worms. Honestly, I think he likes hunting worms more than fishing! We were having a great time. After a few holes were dug, we found our worms and baited the hooks. As I was putting the worm on the hook, he looked at me with those innocent eyes and asked me “Why do we use worms?” I told him “it is because fish like worms and we put the worm on the hook to disguise the hook and trick the fish. When we trick the fish he will bite down on the worm and hook the fish.” He asked, “does it hurt?” I told him that “I really didn’t know.”
Life is much like this fishing trip, Satan our enemy bates us with something that looks good, he puts it on a hook and we grab for it. Just like the fish that saw the worm, it didn’t see the danger of the hook. We often don’t see the danger of the bate in life and after we have taken the bate we are hooked and then we find that what looked good had severe consequences, but by then it is too late, we’ve already taken the bate. The damage is done and then we see the wake of destruction it has left in our path.
Many times we take the shovel of life and try to dig up the worms to catch something we really don’t want. It looks appealing at the time but destroys us because we go after the wrong things in life. We think that we can find happiness and fulfillment in money, materialism, a relationship, maybe even an addiction, but we find out that it doesn’t bring true happiness. True happiness, peace, contentment is only found in Jesus, our Lord and Savior through whom God sent so that we can be forgiven and have no charge against us on the day we meet God. Work out your salvation in Christ everyday because God works in you (Phil 2:12). And remember this:
Psalms 32:1-2 (HCSB)
1 How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! 2 How happy is the man the Lord does not charge with sin, and in whose spirit is no deceit!
Your happiness is not here on earth, it is in heaven (Matt 6:20)
My wife and I decided to take a little break from the busy-ness of ministry so the two of us decided to skip town and try to catch our breath. It was Friday and early in the morning. I was in my quite time with God. It was a beautiful sunny morning, temperature just right. My tablet turned on and the scripture before me. Sipping on a cup of coffee and pondering life in the light of God's word there he came. I looked down and there was a medium size box turtle. He was just staring at me as if he was hungry. I sprung up and went into the kitchen and pulled a couple of pieces of lettuce from the refrigerator. I put it down in front of my morning companion but he wasn't to interested in it. He sniffed it a few times and just looked at me again as if to say, is this all you have? I thought for a moment and decided to grab a couple of pieces of kettle corn we had purchased, I broke it up into small pieces and he seemed to enjoy that, he ate every piece. He hung around a while and then he was off to his next adventure. As he wondered off I thought to myself, how true it is that God takes care of His creatures. In Matthew 6 Jesus says that we shouldn't worry about this life, what we will eat, what we will wear, for if God takes care of the birds and animals He will take care of us even more! We worry because we have little faith, we worry because we don't trust God to provide. But we should be like this turtle, when we don't know where our provisions are coming from we should look up to God just like the turtle was looking up to me and know that God will provide for our every need. I didn't say our every want, but our every need. Trust God with your life, you are much more valuable than even the birds of the air.
Matthew 6:26 HCSB
Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
Many live a life in exile, feeling like they walk around in a desert land all the while seeking, searching for purpose. I had a person come to me once with tears in his eyes and said to me that he was losing himself and he didn’t know how to find what he needed. What he needed was to find his purpose, the reason he God created him. I gently told him that God loved him so much that He died for him (John 3:16) and that God has a plan for his life (Jeremiah 29:11).
God knows the plan he has for you, he wants you to prosper and be happy but happiness is only found when we fulfill our true God given calling. Though Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for our life, in verse 13 we see that there is something we have to do. We have to seek God with all of our heart for when we do that we will find what we are searching so hard for.
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
I was sharing with our church last Sunday morning about our trip to Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri. There are a lot of little shops inside the amusement park and one that really stood out to me was the knife shop. Inside the shop were displays of hand crafted knives made by a master blacksmith. Some had a beautiful bone handle with the metal wonderfully shaped. Some of knives had elegant designs and were formed to perfection. The knife edges were sharp and could slice a piece of paper without any effort. As we were leaving the shop I noticed to my right a wooden box full of metal shaped like knives. The metal pieces were cut into the shape of a knives but were not yet hammered out to perfection by the blacksmith. They were rough and jagged, rusty on the edges and in that form and shape were totally useless. As the blacksmith takes these pieces, he heats them in a furnace until glowing red. He takes it from the fire and begins hammering and beating on it with a large heavy hammer. Into the fire again and again out it comes to be hammered on some more. Slowly but surely this old ragged piece of metal begins to take shape. The process continues until the piece of metal is formed, polished, sharpened, and made into something useful. Without the fire, without the forming process, and without the master blacksmith the jagged piece of metal remains in its useless state.
Have you ever felt like that old piece of metal, feeling useless, hopeless, and without purpose? I think many of us could relate to that. But like the piece of jagged metal, our lives apart from God will stay in the box as we do all we can to figure out our purpose in life. You see, we have to be willing to allow God to take us out of the box to mold, form, and shape us into something useful. Many have come to me really seeking the meaning of life, but it is often in their brokenness when they feel all is lost wondering if anything can be salvaged. The truth is that everyone is special to God, everyone is loved by God but until we allow God to take us out of the box and allow Him to hammer us out through the trials of life we will remain rough, jagged, and rusty on the edges. Our purpose in life is found only in the Lord, through Jesus Christ!
Psalms 18:30 (NIV)
30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
John 6:40 (NIV)
40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
Pastor Bob Parisot
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
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