Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 30, 2016

Follow The Pattern

aug 30You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2 (NASB)

I finished another row of the afghan I had started. As I held it up to look at my work, immediately I knew something was wrong.  Somehow the piece was growing wider instead of progressing with a straight edge.  I pinpointed the start of the wideness and began counting stitches.  Sure enough, I had added extra stitches to the row. Pulling on the yarn to remove the stitches, I thought about how easily a few extra stitches can change the look and size of a project.  If I continued crocheting, adding stitches that were unnecessary, instead of a practical afghan, I would have created something that didn’t fit its true purpose. Of course if that was what the pattern called for, then I would be fine.  But that wasn’t the plan or pattern I was trying to follow.

So often we do the same thing in our walk with God. We add conditions and unnecessary expectations in an effort to earn His love or earn our way into heaven. This causes difficulty in following Him, which leads to frustration at our failures.  It really is quite simple.  Follow the pattern that we have been given in the Bible. Believe in the sacrifice of Jesus for our benefit, and follow God’s commands. God’s love for us is not based on doing extra; it is based on our belief, faith and trust in Him.

“Lord, thank You for giving us such a simple pattern to follow. Help me to trust You completely and put my faith in that simplicity.”

For His Glory

Josey Bozzo
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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