She’s told me stories about domestic disputes, car chases and drunk drivers, that I then play out in my head like some American cop drama!
Reference: v.5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: A friend of mine has just recently become a law enforcer with the Victorian Police. It is interesting for me to hear about her job and what it’s like to be the one implementing the law, rather than the one who is trying not to break it. She’s told me stories about domestic disputes, car chases and drunk drivers, that I then play out in my head like some American cop drama! One of the more mundane, but essential parts of her job, is directing traffic. Whether the traffic lights are down at a major intersection, or an accident is blocking some running lanes, the police are called in for traffic control in the area. This is a less glamorous part of the job, but essential to maintain order on the roads. If a police officer gets this job wrong then more chaos will ensue, and there’s the potential for more accidents.
Application: When a police officer is directing traffic they are leading them to a better way, just like when God directs our lives, He leads us to a better way. When Paul was writing to a group of believers he hoped that the Lord would direct their hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. What greater direction could someone seek? A life filled with God’s love and Christ’s perseverance is surely the best way to live. God does not direct us to further folly, but into a life with purpose and fulfilment.
Prayer: Lord, it gives us great peace to know that you are looking out for us and directing us in the right direction. Amen.
How would God’s love and Christ’s perseverance assist you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.