31 Days of Biblical Truths, Devotionals

Are You Swimming Upstream?

Do you try to swim upstream?

It’s a bit like driving uphill on rough terrain against traffic. Not only are you going the opposite of the crowd, you are getting trampled on by adversity in the process.

The next thought would be is to second guess if we are even called to go with the crowd to ease our trek in this world. Are we suppose to not only do life with the horde, but to conform to what seems to be the establishment in all else?

Since the beginning of time, the masses have been the loudest and often the meanest. Conform or be poor. Conform or be disgraced. Conform or be disowned. Conform or be lonely. Conform or be persecuted or die.

Why would we risk our own comfort or humanity in order to go against the grain? On the flipside, why would we want to associate ourselves with those who love to bully us into society?

1 John 2:15-17 ESV

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

What is one to do? We are not called to sacrifice our faith on the alter of comfort. We are called for more. In a world fraught with vanity, we should be swimming upstream.

The modern day desires of our bodies and minds are not something God instilled in us, but are from the lies of darkness. It’s a trick to take us beyond our faith so that our fleshly desires are fulfilled and our spiritual needs are tossed away. But as these worldly things and deceitful ideas fade away, we have the ability through faith not to perish with them. We can place our desires with those of the Lord and live beyond  social constraints.

Psalm 1: 1-4

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

But as these worldly things and deceitful ideas fade away, we have the ability through faith not to perish with them. We can place our desires with those of the Lord and live beyond social constraints. Click To Tweet

May we grasp onto to truth and live beyond worldly coercion. Let us swim upstream, and against the crowd of secular eagerness.

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