I was listening to a devotion from Our Daily Bread this morning, when I was struck by a word in the Scripture reading. In fact, the word was unrelated to the overall theme of the devotion, but it stopped me in my tracks. It was the word UNLESS.
¨ Psalm 94:17 - Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
In my spirit I felt a nudge from the Lord and so I dwelt on this word for a little while.What could this word mean for me today?
Unless I train for the marathon I won’t make the distance?!.
Unless I where a hat in the sun, my head will get sun burnt!
Unless I leave time for the bad traffic, I am going to arrive late to my appointment.
Of course, these are quite frivolous things in some ways, but there are a lot of very important things to also consider:
Unless …. I spend time in the WORD, I am going to lose touch with Jesus
Unless …. I fellowship regularly, I will lose touch with God’s people
Unless….. I spend time with my family, we will all grow apart
UNLESS …. (you fill in the gap for you)
There are a few other times that the Bible contains this word 'Unless.' Take a look at these two examples and see if there is anything for you in these verses.
Psalm 127:1 - Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
¨ John 15:4 - Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
May the Lord helps us reflect on this word for us today.
Living in Grace