If you’ve ever driven or walked on back roads in the country or in the mountains, I’m sure you’ve encountered some ‘ruts’ in the roads. They’re not easy to negotiate many times and can be a real nuisance. Recently when we were in the Smoky Mountains on a hike with holes, rocks, and ruts in it, I couldn’t help but wonder how many times in our spiritual walk we’re navigating in ruts in the roadway we’re on. Don’t allow the ruts—those usual encounters or the same ‘ole same ‘ole—to keep you under the circumstances. It’s time to navigate through the ruts and onto level ground where you experience God’s love, grace, and provision in greater ways. Psalm 11:84 (NASB) says “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Because you’re IN Christ, you’re upright in God’s eyes. You don’t have to stay in the rut of condemnation, guilt, unworthiness, or anything else that is negative. He gives you grace and good things to enjoy the road of life in Him!
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13). It’s interesting that Jesus asked what people are saying about the Son of Man. He specifically used that term instead of asking what people are saying about me. Jesus is using the term Son of Man for many reasons. Though He was the Son of God, He seldom used that term. The devil and demons used it. Men asked Him if He was, in accusatory fashion. I don’t think Jesus wanted to alienate everyone when He used that term. But He wanted to show He was fully man, born into this world as a baby, the seed of Abraham, and of Adam. He would be the second Adam who would undo all that the first Adam had done to humanity. The religious people had nothing good to say about Him. They finally succeeded in putting Him to death, trying desperately to silence His declaration of sonship. The question still rings out two millennia after Jesus asked the question. What are people saying about Jesus?