DayBreaks for 3/24/17: Once Again, Lord
NOTE: Galen is traveling this week. This week’s DayBreaks will be from the May 2007 archives.
How many times in my life have I had a conversation like this with God: “Oh, God. I’m so sorry. I’ve done it again. I’ve failed you. I’ve let you down. I’ve sinned again even after I promised you that I wouldn’t. You must hate me. I don’t understand why you continue to forgive me instead of striking me dead – which you have every right to do. I’ve let you down so many, many times.” If I had a penny (let alone a nickel) for every time I’ve had that conversation, I’d own all of North America by now.
It gets old, wearisome. I know that God doesn’t want to hear that from me any more – I figure he must be at least as tired of hearing it as I am of saying it. I am so grateful that He is a merciful and patient God!
Eugene Peterson recently was talking about this line of thinking and he had an interesting perspective on it that helped me. Apparently, he, too, has had that conversation with God over and over and over. He found himself saying it again to God not too long ago, when he said that he had an epiphany, and the Spirit set him straight about one thing. He said it was as if God spoke these words to him: “No, you never let me down. You never held me up. I’m the one who holds you up.”
Wow. Do you see how, even when we are in the midst of our conviction about our dreaded sinfulness and weakness, that we make it all about US in our human pride? “I (capital, first person singular) let you down, God.” It isn’t about me. The story of the glory of salvation isn’t about my stopping letting God down. That’s not it at all. The glory of salvation is that He holds us up, covered in the blood of the Lamb, cleansed and forgiven.
How foolish to think that I can hold God up, and I’d have to hold him up in order to let him down! No, He is the lifter of my head, he is the lifter of my soul, the restorer of things broken. May we learn to shift our thinking from what we can and have done, to glory in what God does!
PRAYER: Oh Lord, you are truly great! We are nothing more than the sheep of your hand, the clay you have formed and fashioned, and that you have redeemed. Thank you for lifting us up, for holding us up, for your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.