WHEN THE CALL MAKES ME STUMBLE
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” I Peter 2:7-8
Jesus can be One who causes me to stumble. When my preconceived notions of Him are shattered and He fails to appear as I feel He ought, my ability to believe is challenged to the core. I can be very opinionated about matters which concern Him; that He should deliver when He chooses to allow pain, comfort when He chooses to convict, and intervene when He chooses to restrain Himself.
He can also offend me. His teachings run contrary to my nature and my default ways of thinking. When I believe I should take a certain course of action that it is right and sensible, He instructs me to go in a seemingly opposite direction. When I feel that I’ve arrived at some plateau, Jesus can strike a blow with His words that lets me know that I’ve barely started on the journey.
It is easy to believe Him when my heart feels safe with Him, when His teachings make sense to me. But what about the many days when He asks me to do a difficult thing, when following His lead feels unsafe and far from prudent? What then? Will I stumble and be offended or work through my mountain of distrust to obey?
Stumbling is certainly a dynamic as I sort out Jesus’ chosen path for me. While I don’t yet know all it entails, I am asking for the grace to hear, and then obey. Whether His call on my life makes sense or not is irrelevant. Whether I am initially offended by what He suggests is also irrelevant. When all is said and done, when the wrestling period is behind me, I am determined to follow His voice even into the face of a storm.
Unbelief is still a temptation. Don’t let me stumble over You, but stand in You. Plant my feet on every Word of Your mouth. Amen