I hate that thing in us, in me, that thinks we know better than God. The voice that says, “yeah, but I see another angle.” “Just this one time I have it figured out.” “I deserve better.” It gets us in a whole heap of trouble.
That trouble becomes the state of our heart health and our sight and our hearing. We become blind to what reality is–we even begin seeing illusions. We hear what we want to hear instead of actually what is said. We become hardened to things that matter and strive to fulfill senseless passions. We destroy ourselves and the people around us in one blow and sometimes with little blows that wrecks relationships over time.
I hate it–hate it. Yet, why do I fall into it more often than not. It’s subtle, but the final blows are catastrophic. Marriages wrecked, children disillusioned and neglected, relationships destroyed, hearts jailed in bitterness. Three little letters–SIN. A billion consequences–for ourselves and those around us and our offspring. Did I say I hate it? I obviously do not hate it enough not to die more to it daily and be on guard against the enemy that is out to steal, kill and destroy me and those around me.
This morning, I remember a phrase from scripture…”Those who are walking in darkness have seen a great light.” “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
This sin thing is not new–it’s been around since close to the beginning. But, so has a promise of rescue–rescue from ourselves and our own brand of “wisdom.”
This rescue comes in the most unlikely way–the God of everything condescending to us in the form of a baby–humble, helpless, feeling the arrows of the collective sin of the world. Born in filth, cold, no fanfare. Growing, serving, perplexing those who seem to have it down pat. Turning conventional wisdom upside down to introduce real wisdom, real life, real hope. Taking the blows in a horrible death meant for me, for you, for those who hated him. Making a way to enter our hearts in relationship that was an impossibility on our part. Holding the promise of real joy and life and peace out to us saying “come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Asking us to trust Him in faith that we might turn from our sin, our way and put our faith in His work on our behalf.
“O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in, Be born in us today
O Come to us, Abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel!”
What a privilege to know Jesus–our Hope, God with Us. My prayer is that I, you, we pray to be made new–to place our faith in the One who gives abundant life, who pardons our sin, who gives us the strength to follow Him in this dark world. Who, in the midst of the messes we make (in ourselves, our families, our friendships), asks us to trust Him and His ways–to follow His wisdom, to be quick to be truthful about our “junk” and to love with His love. It is not too late…