Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Are there details in your life that need some polishing, a bit of cleaning up, or perhaps require some major restoration? I believe that God uses attention to detail and repetition to help us get a leg-up on this.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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Although my Latin is sketchy these days, there was a time that I was somewhat proficient at it. I studied four years of Latin in High School and graduated to a level of not only being able to roughly speak it, but to be able to translate it with some ability. That was, of course, not the case when I began my studies as a freshman. As anyone familiar with Latin studies knows, it all begins with the verb “to love” and the Latin conjugation: amō. amās. amat. amā́mus. amā́tis. amant. My Latin teacher, Mr. Wisa, was a stickler for memorizing this conjugation because he knew if he kept coming back to it, as it was so different from English and we were inclined to struggle with it until we finally realized that there was a rhythm to knowing and understanding the various Latin cases, we would be able to master other conjugations and, eventually, be able to read it, understand it, and translate it. The key to his methodology was always bringing us back to what we learned that first week in Latin class: the conjugation of the vert “to love.” The detail of that repetition is what generated my ability to run the course of four years of Latin.
I believe that God is no less diligent, in fact perfectly so, when it comes to bringing us back to the basis of our relationship with him: loving him, his sovereignty, and his grace and mercy despite our sinful and disobedient natures. His divine repetition, guiding us back to even the smallest of details in our spiritual relationship, forms the basis for our understanding of who God is and how we endure until we are fully vested in that love through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers. “Not only must our relationships to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right. Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny. In numberless ways God will bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product. . . again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to the one particular point . . . God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right.” (My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers, July 31)
Are there details in your life that need some polishing, a bit of cleaning up, or perhaps requiring major restoration? I believe that God uses attention to detail and repetition to help us get a leg-up on this. We read in James 1:4. “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Just as Mr. Wisa always brought my Latin classes back to “amō. amās. amat.,” God brings us back to the basics of faith daily in order to ensure that we are consistent in our understanding of our imperfection and his perfecting love in us through a knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. God is persistent, even redundant so that we will endure. This is the awe and wonder of God! Without his enduring love our lot would be miserable as each day we would find ourselves buried in our own imperfections. My friend, God will not let you escape his love. Can there be a comfort more enduring and reassuring than this?
We pray. Thank you Lord keeping a focused eye on all the small details of our lives so that we will remain resolute in our quest to be your obedient and motivated disciples of Christ. Our nature is to put those details away because the big picture of being a disciple is so much easier. Forgive us when we strive to cover the past with an attitude of sufficiency founded on standards of our own making and not yours. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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