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In continuation of Titus 2:4-5:
Good: useful, salutary (welcoming), pleasant, agreeable, honorable. I know I don’t always feel like this. Doesn’t God’s word prick our hearts? “There is none good, no, not one,” the Bible mentions in Romans 3:10. It’s a good thing that God is good and we can learn from His example!
Obedient: to arrange under, to yield to one’s admonition or advice. This word comes from a military word : to arrange troop divisions in military fashion under command of a leader. In the non-military use: a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating. Wow! Titus is sharing that the older women need to be these kinds of examples to the younger women and how this will affect their families. Heart check, anyone? Haha! It’s good to evaluate our hearts with what God says.
With God’s help, believers in Jesus can actually thrive in this anti-God world. I came across this verse two times this week. (Isaiah 43:18-19) Check it out. It mentions that God “will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, and that He will do a new thing.” Do you feel like your just struggling to get through each day? Not sure if you can take “it” anymore, whatever that may be for you. Good news; Jesus is the way! He said He will make a way in the wilderness. He will supply a river in the desert. If you think about it, that’s pretty incredible! A wilderness is a desolate place with no clear direction, and we all know that a desert is HOT. Two undesirable places to be, unless you have a way out and water. Maybe you feel kind of dried up, wandering, lost, like you’re trying to find a way out. The day to day routines of life can get like this. Sometimes God may have us in a specific situation so that we would realize that we need Him. He’s not trying to punish us. He would like to show us His love in it. He is ready to help.
Jesus has told us plainly that He (himself) is the Way (John 14:6), and He is the source of Living Water (John 4:14, 7:37-38). He has given us everything we need! I was encouraged myself this week to come to Him and let Him fill me up more. You won’t be sorry if you, too, take the time to ask.