My family and I went to see The Lion King on opening day. It was quite enjoyable with many applauds at the end of the movie. Though many have seen this storyline played out either on Broadway, in a cartoon, or on film, I couldn’t help but see the true life experience in the story as I watched the movie. My hope is that many will take this opportunity, as they exit the movie theater, to talk to their children about God. This was definitely a teachable moment. We seized the opportunity to have this conversation with our son.
See in real-life, you may not know who wants to take your place – your position at work, at church, in school, in your marriage, or even your role on an assignment that God has for you. Just like in The Lion King movie, the person who has jealousy in their heart can be as close to you as a bloodline relative. The Bible is clear about jealousy. It is written in James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. In knowing this, we have to be careful where we place our trust. This may be easy to do when you know someone is not trustworthy, but what happens when you don’t know and are feeding the wrong person information about your life?
We have to use godly wisdom…
I truly believe we will never have a closer friend than Jesus Christ. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. This is what Jesus did for us. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness... (1 Peter 2:24). He saved us! God is trustworthy! We can cast every care to Him and not have to worry about it coming back up through gossip. We can trust Him with our personal mistakes and not feel condemned or ashamed afterwards. There is no condemnation for those we are in Christ (Romans 8:1).
You can never go wrong with placing your trust in God. It says in Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Man will fail you, but God will not. Jesus is not going to endure the cross for us and then leave us stranded on earth. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). This is a promise that all believers can stand on. God is a promise keeper.
So, I ask the question again: Who do you trust? Only you can answer this question honestly. My prayer is that you will trust God. Will there come a time where you will need to seek godly counsel or discuss a personal matter in your life? Absolutely. We will all need to do this at some part in our lives – we’re human. However, we should trust God first to lead us to the right person. Try not to be so quick to release your personal affairs or struggles to just anyone with a pulse. God sees the heart and knows the intentions of man concerning you…whether it is good or bad.
Though this message may be one that many are familiar with, I hope that it will still serve its purpose as you go about your daily routines. Sometimes we need reminders such as this to keep from becoming too “relaxed” and letting our guard down at an inopportune time. This is the moment the enemy is waiting for to come against you. But God! We have to keep our focus on Christ and place Him at the head of our lives…and all of our concerns.
If you are not saved, please visit my Salvation Prayer page. The promises I wrote about can be for you too by accepting God’s free gift of salvation today. Jesus has already paid the price. Choose not to let another day go by without Him. It’s just not worth it.
Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders
Have a blessed week!
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