DayBreaks for 01/21/2019: The Most Tragic Figure
From the DayBreaks archive, January 2009:
If you were to pick the most tragic figure in all of Scripture, or in all of history, who would it be? I suppose one could argue for a variety of persons:
ADAM: here is a man who walked and talked with God in the garden, and yet was overcome by sin. If anyone had motivation to continue to walk uprightly because he had recognized so many blessings from his relationship with God, you’d think it would be Adam. Yet, one whisper from the serpent and he and his wife fall!
CAIN: it didn’t take long for hatred, envy and jealousy to rise to the point that a man would kill his own brother. Tragic, indeed. And over something as foolish as whose sacrifice was most pleasing to God?!?!?! Why kill your brother instead of taking up the matter directly with God?????
SAUL: this king had it all going for him: he was big, brawny, and popular with the people. Maybe that’s why it all went to his head and he fell from the throne to madness, wallowing in self-pity and taking his own life.
Perhaps JUDAS is the most tragic figure in all of human history. He certain is one of the most vilified – at least by believers – who shake and wag our heads at the heinous act he perpetrated.
The, of course, there are the Atilla the Hun’s, Idi Amin’s, Joseph Stalin’s, Adolph Hitler’s, Genghis Khan’s…sadly, the list is rather long. You may feel at times that your life has been the most tragic in all of history because it has been so difficult. At times, we’re all prone to believing we’ve got it bad until we’re reminded of someone who truly is in dire straits.
There is, of course, another totally different point of view. While most of the people mentioned above were, well, not nice folks, perhaps the most tragic figure in history is God. Every single human who has ever lived has wounded the heart of their loving Father. And not just once, but over and over and over – countless times. And we continue to do so, even knowingly many times. And yet His love endures forever.
We need to stop thinking so much about the pain in our lives and consider more the pain in God’s existence. We need to stop thinking about obedience so much as an act of submission to His will as a response to His heart of love.
Prayer: For all the pain You bore on the cross, and for all the pain we cause You now, we seek Your mercy and forgiveness. Teach us to obey out of love for a heart that has always loved us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>