DayBreaks for 5/21/19: It’s OK to be Human
God, have mercy on me, a sinner! – (Lk. 18:13)
The tax collector who offers this simple prayer to Jesus knew who and what he was. He was a sinner – pure and simple, with no other claim to make. When you get right down to it, his is perhaps one of the most honest and truthful claims ever made by a human being. The best part is that he had enough wisdom to turn to the only One who could help him out of his misery.
The book of Job is the story of one human being struggling with the concept of God and His nature. It is a man trying to make sense out of life and all that has happened to him, to try to understand the answer to the toughest question we humans ask: “Why?”
While there is much we can learn from Job, one of the most valuable lessons we can learn is that it is okay to be human. God doesn’t berate Job for all the questions. He doesn’t accuse him for not having enough faith. God didn’t get angry at the psalmists or prophets for their cries of frustration, doubt and anger, either. That must mean that given God’s mercy, it’s okay to be human. While He longs for us to recover what we lost through our sinfulness, He understands that we are mere vessels of clay, prone to crack and break. God didn’t create us all-powerful, He didn’t create us to be capable of perfection by our own strength of effort. He created us just the way He wanted to create us – and He doesn’t blame us for being human.
Perhaps His most extravagant mercy is to allow us to be human. It doesn’t present a problem for God. He can deal with all of our human failings. And in His great mercy, He does!
Prayer: We take comfort in Your extravagant mercy, Lord! Thank You for overcoming our human failings through the perfection of Your son, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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