When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth in pointed backwards reminding them of the mistakes that their ancestors had made. How even though they had experienced the incredible miracles with Moses, and the wonder and grace of God, they were still defeated by temptation during hard times.
He tells them…
‘We must be on our guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way…’ [1 Cor 10:6 Msg]
Isn’t that the daily challenge for most Christians? Or is that just me? Some days are easier than others. But when things are tough, that’s when our guard can fall, we give the devil a glimpse, an opportunity, then it becomes all about ‘ME’ and having my own way.
He reminds them…
‘We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him…we must be careful not to stir up discontent…’ [1 Cor 10:9&10 Msg]
He describes these things as MISTAKES that their ancestors made. These are self-centred attitudes. Paul describes them as WARNING MARKERS. Examples written down so that we don’t make the same mistakes. If we can keep our attitude right then we put ourselves in a better place to meet this challenge. How do we stay on our guard?
He tells them…
‘Don’t be naive
Don’t be self-confident (that’s useless)
Know that you are not exempt
Understand that we can fall flat on our faces as easily as anyone else
Remember that God will NEVER let you down’ [1 Cor 10:12-13 Msg]
I realise it sounds easier written down than it might be in reality. My prayer…’Keep me disciplined, keep me focused on the right things, help me put my confidence in you God, even when everything around me might be telling me otherwise. Thank you that you never let me down.’
How’s your GOD-CONFIDENCE today?