I could say a lot of things today. There remains so much…unrest. Not the first instance, of course, and certainly won’t be the last.
But, I don’t think this particular bout will leave us anytime soon, sadly. And I believe it grieves the Lord’s heart.
Contrary to popular belief, His intent for us is not to stand on harsh rhetoric and self-righteousness.
Rather, it is truth- in love.
Again, I could say a lot of things. But, I won’t.
That whole truth in love thing…it’s really important.
So….I will be obedient to that.
All He really desires of me today, it seems, is to point out one key thing:
We are all so frail.
So terribly, remarkably…human.
Far too prone to pick up the hammer in our unskilled hands and make a mess trying to fix this broken world ourselves-as if it’s our job!
Far too prone to forget there is One who already came along, gathered our shambles, and did it better -did it completely, in fact-with three nails and two rough planks of wood…😉
And demonstrated to us just why this job is not ours, but His.
So, with a snippet of humor here and a sly dig there (trust me, I feel some elbow in my ribs, too 🙂), plus a fair amount of His amazing grace to soothe it all, let me remind us what our job really is…
We are such carnal beings,
In slouchy suits
And muddy boots,
Everything seeming such vital things,
But how easily we forget all but one is temporary!
And we are ever so wrong
When we flex muscles
And throw about colorful verbiage in a tussle,
Daring to call ourselves strong-
There’s ample evidence to the contrary!😏
And woe to us when we pretend
It is within our puny power
To save the world with all its myriads of trouble!
Let me just gently but decidedly burst
That particular bubble:
It’s not even our job. 😮
“But-but, I must!
It’s on us!” comes the sob.
Yes, the price of sin is ours;
No doubt, it’s our degradation the air sours,
But, remember, friend, our salvation’s
Already been bought!
For Jesus Christ paid it all,
With all that is most dear.
With each precious drop of blood
He answered our anguished call,
Taking on our fight
And making it so we might
Face eternity without fear!
If only we’d lay down the unwieldy
Hammers of our fumbled sense
And just accept our job is to accept His love fulfilled!
For, the cross is full of evidence
Of just how agonizingly,
Yet so perfectly it was unfurled!
And, then, the task becomes to go
Share this happy truth with others,
Let His love and joy in every corner of earth spill,
Shining light to both friend and foe,
And, thereby, let Jesus be the One to
Save this broken world…
Remember, Jesus is still Jesus, my dear friends! We may be fallible, but He is mighty to save and that never changes no matter what else does! Let Him be your strength this day and every day! Blessings and prayers! ❤