Are you following the band wagon?
My uncle told me a story when I was about 12 years old. That story has stuck with me and become more profound as I have grown older. The story has it that there was a man who went to pray on a mountain and seek the Lord. He began to do this very often as the presence of the Lord was tangible on the mountain. While he was praying he noticed that the mountain was rat infested and that they would disrupt him in his time of prayer. To solve this problem he went and bought a cat which he would take with him every night when he went to the mountain. As time went by, people began to see that surely the Lord was with this man. As a result they began to follow him to pray on this mountain. A church was started here, and as the people came they each began to bring a cat with them. The man died and the church continued, not ever knew why they had cats in the church. They were all just blindly following. The rat issue had long been solved, but the cats kept growing in numbers as the church grew.
Having learned that, a few years ago I had an individual say to me, ” Are you going to be fasting this year?” To which I responded with “why?” I just wanted to pick her brain but her answer showed me the flaw that was in the story above, she replied “That’s what Pentecostals do at the start of the year.” I didn’t fast that year. I said to myself, I will not do something for the Lord based on that statement. I fast because this is what the Lord requires of us. It is time we focused our eyes on the Lord himself and his own word, and not just follow the bandwagon. God bless you.
Dear you, grant us the grace to seek and follow only you. We refuse to follow the bandwagon. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Originally posted 2014-04-16 16:56:19.