DayBreaks for 01/07/15 – The Day the Whining Stops

DayBreaks for 01/07/15 – The Day the Whining Stops

 

Do you ever get tired of people whining and giving excuses?  I think we all do.  And I know that I far too often catch myself being guilty of excuses for what I either did or didn’t do.

Fred Craddock, a respected preacher and professor, was reflecting on this one time as he was talking about the gospel of John and what John had to say.  Here’s a bit of his reflection:

What’s frightening about listening to John preach is that he puts you in the presence of God. And that’s what everybody wants, and that’s what everybody doesn’t want. Because the light at the altar is different from every other light in the world.

In the dim lamps of this world, we can compare ourselves with each other, and all of us come off looking good. We convince ourselves that God grades on the curve, and what’s the difference? We’re all okay.

And then you come in the presence of God, and you’re at the altar, and it’s all different. For if our hearts condemn us, think of this – – God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. There’s no way to modulate the human voice to make a whine acceptable. The whining is over. The excusing is over. {No more…}”It’s the school, it’s the church, it’s the board, it’s the government.” It isn’t! All that’s over. It just stops. Like waking from a dream of palaces and patios to find the roof leaks and the rent’s due. Like shutting off the stereo, and you hear the rat gnawing in the wall. That’s just the fact of it.

In my mind, I serve God. But there’s another force in my life, and I say, `I’m going to do that.’ I don’t do it. I say, `I’ll never do that.’ I do it. Crucified between the sky of what I intend and the earth of what I perform. That’s the truth.

What will you say on the day the whining stops and you stand at the altar before God?  There will be no more blaming anything on anyone else, no rationalization of our actions because so-and-so did this-and-such.  God isn’t going to listen to whining or excuses or rationalizations.  The responsibility for what we did, and didn’t do, will be squarely where it belongs: on our own heads!

Romans 14:11: For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'” Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.

PRAYER: God, we are not what we would like to be.  We are not even what we imagine ourselves to be.  We are creatures of excuses, rationalizations and passing of the buck.  Remind us of the truth that we WILL stand before You excuseless…and that we will have no hope other than Your mercy and grace because of Jesus!  Let us be honest with You, others and ourselves! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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