You kind of figure, because of you,
because of all your bad actions,
he’s going to open the heavens,
rain down lightening like pocket knives
and land one straight on your head.
Maybe it is already happening. All is plummeting and God is: hitting you with health issues, cutting into finances, shredding a marriage, stabbing emotional well-being, hurting your kids, slicing out pain at work and dicing up trials for your course du jour.
And, it has to be you, right? All you have done, you deserve it. All you keep doing, it makes sense. All of your past, you get it. You are a degenerate in so many ways.
You may not hear his words from his mouth, but you certainly hear them in your head:
“Get your bad self to your room. Don’t return until you act better.”
“Get yourself together.”
“What is wrong with you?”
“You can’t do anything right.”
Exasperated, you wait to hear from him, expecting a whole lotta words on how you are a royal mess-up and a giant loser. You expect to hear a list of practial law and rules and insights and plans that you need to stick to.
Instead, a whole different picture rises – a picture that puts God’s truth first.
It is painted. Not in muted shades of pained grey, but with the spectrum of new life. It beckons you to step in and to feel the warmth, to participate in growth and to enjoy the ride, so you listen and hear things like:
1. You see all you do wrong, I see so much that you do right.
2. You’re my first love. I don’t want to hurt you, I want to prosper, grow and see my glory shine through you.
3. You see your mistakes, I see how your mistakes are the starting of new.
4. You get discouraged and defeated by relational hiccups, but I see the pauses as space for me to work.
5. You’re the child I created, I love you exactly the way you are – strengths with weaknesses, weaknesses with strengths.
6. You don’t have to have it all figured out in the today, because I have it all figured out in the tomorrow.
7. Your repentance is the start of my next best thing. You turn away and then you see me.
8. Other people acting badly, is the best chance to show holy.
9. When you turn towards me, in turn you see my kindness.
10. When you say you’re sorry (and mean it), I say, “I forgive you” (and mean it).
Staring at the image, your mind dwells on the new story:
“God’s face looks a whole lot different than mine. His love is ten times more infusive than mine. His ways are galaxies more compassionate than mine. His grace is tanks more abundant than mine.
While I look at the immediate, he sees the long-term. While I get defeated in battle, he cheers the victory over the course of the war. While I get angry, he knows that anger does not produce righteousness (Ja. 1:20)”
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Ps. 145:8
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Nu. 14:8
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Ps. 86:5
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. Ps. 25:8
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Ps. 130:4
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 Jo. 4:8
God calls you in.
God calls you out.
To head towards grace.
God dares you to hear him.
To listen to his true sounds.
For to know him,
is to know love.
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