Today’s Scripture: A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

Sometimes we just look at ourselves and shake our heads wondering, “How on earth am I going to make it on this Christian journey? I’ve already stubbed my toe, tripped on a few rocks, and tumbled down a hill!” When I look at the disciples, it gives me so much hope that I’m going to be able to make it. For example, look at Matthew 16:5-12:

And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?  Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?  How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

The disciples were not worried about spiritual things at this point. They were probably pointing fingers at each other exclaiming, “You should have grabbed another basket! Christ probably doesn’t want us to go to the grocery store the Pharisees operate! We totally dropped the ball!” The Lord was not talking about real bread but spiritual. In fact, He had to correct their vision by calling them “Little faith ones.” He had to remind them, “Don’t you remember what we just did with the feeding of the five thousand?”

How quickly we forget all the Lord has shown us when we come to a point in our lives where we can’t see the next step. Thankfully, even when we fail the Lord, He is able to use it as a stepping stone to increase our faith. We need to remember whenever the Lord rebukes us the rebuke is one of love designed to make us better, not to put us down or make us feel small. Sometimes before He builds us up, He must knock us down a little bit.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.