My friend, may I ask you a question? When someone in your life does something special for you, no matter how little or insignificant (or, for that matter, however inconvenient), are you there with praise or indifference? Isn’t our love is often a choice of digging down deep enough to discover the hidden joys in the little kindnesses of this life.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My son Daniel really doesn’t have much of a temper. I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen him that upset. But, when he loses it–well, he loses it. I remember years ago when I walked into a room where he and his older sister Rachel had just had a pretty serious disagreement. Dan was mad and Rachel was egging him on. He started swinging and it was time for Dad to step in between them. I looked down at little Dan as he pounded his tiny four-year-old fists against my leg. He beat and beat until he suddenly realized that I wasn’t crying out for mercy. I couldn’t help but laugh. It wasn’t long before he laid aside his little fists and walked off in a huff.
In some ways that’s like the way God views OUR attempts to take Him on when we think we’re right.
Here’s a story. I heard from a Virginia preacher: In the mid-’70s, I was called upon to testify before the Supreme Court of the state of Virginia. This was all about the abortion debate. Those who were pro-choice got up and talked about prenatal birth control. I scratched my foolish head and said, “What on earth is prenatal birth control?” It’s another term for abortion. When they talked about post-contraceptive conception, I thought, “What on earth is that?” When you read through all the language, you find out that all these people are doing is hiding the truth. God holds that in derision. In other words, said my preacher friend, God laughs at such lies and so should we.
God holds in derision every attempt mankind has to ridicule God. That’s common these days. Our first amendment rights here in the United States give everybody the opportunity to say almost anything. Isn’t it interesting that both politicians and newspaper people and television people and pornographers and anybody who prints anything--it seems one of their favorite targets is God. Always. Slandering God. Stand-up comics. Sit-com’s. It’s all an attempt of mankind to trivialize God. What’s God’s response to that? God could microwave them immediately, but He doesn’t do that because He’s slow to anger and full of compassion and mercy. From God’s perspective, our petty attempts to defame Him, to pound up on Him, are laughable. Like little Dan, the harder we pound, the more He laughs.
Try never using the word “awesome” unless you are describing something God has done. It will give you a perspective of God that may just prevent you from ever being tempted to “pound up” on our Heavenly Father. Pounding up on God is futile; He’s so much bigger, so much more awesome than our little fists.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, we often think we know what You should do about our problems, their problems, the world’s problems. It’s not long and we even feel that we have the answers if only you would listen to what we have to say. And, when things seem out of control, we even blame You. Forgive us Father when we even think we can pound up on You. Help us to trust You and keep our passions under control. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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