TITLE: Really Important
DATE: July 26, 2019
TEXT:.John 8:31-32 – ESV - So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed.
In the last year or so two stories, in some respects remarkably similar, have made it into the news.
Now it would be wonderful if those stories were unique.
By that I mean, wouldn’t it be great if they never happened before, and nothing like them would ever happen again. Sadly, I am afraid would only be wishful thinking. As long as we have wooden horse-drawn carriages and large metal trucks occupying the same lanes of traffic those tragic stories will continue to be repeated.
Of course, the entire problem is resolved if the Amish and their Mennonite cousins don’t take their buggies out on the road. No buggies means no buggy accidents.
So, why don’t they do it? They know those terrible, tragic stories better than we do?
They don’t do it because those buggies represent an important part of their beliefs.” No, for the Amish and the Mennonite those buggies are going to stay and be cherished.
Which got me to wondering... “Is anything in my belief system so important that I would risk the lives of my family before I would give it up?” After some serious thinking I concluded, “Indeed, there are things which are that important.
My list would include, but not be limited to....
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are battles in this world which must be fought. Help us discern that which is important from that which is not. We especially ask this gift for our children and grandchildren who will live in a different age and a harder age for Christians than ours. This I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to these addresses” https://www.newser.com/story/276268/driver-charged-in-wreck-that-killed-3-amish-children.html and https://www.newser.com/story/277704/mennonite-carriage-literally-destroyed-in-missouri-crash.html
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html