Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jeremiah 7:21-34, Psalm 78:1-39, Romans 4:13-25, John 7:37-52

Have you ever carried burdens so heavy that some days it was all you could do to just keep putting one foot in front of the other? I have. These last few months I have carried some of the heaviest burdens ever. There have been some very dark days for me as of late.

In the midst of this, I met a Christian at Gold’s gym who has been faithful in speaking God’s truth to me. He does not spout platitudes, general wishes of well being, or the pop psychology of self help. He speaks of deeper things, of spiritual things. He speaks of the forces of darkness that conspire against us in truly terrible ways, of the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome, of the urgent importance of not losing sight of God or his mission for us in those times where our pain (or the pain of those we love) make Him seem so very distant. I cannot tell you how much his words have meant to me, or of how deeply I have been encouraged by them when I have sometimes wondered where I was going to find the strength to go on.

The Psalm for today tells the importance of speaking God’s truth. We put a great deal of emphasis on our deeds as followers of Jesus. But our words are just as important. We need to put our faith in action. But we also need to put it in our words as well. People need to hear that God loves them, is with them, and will act on their behalf today as He has in our lives in the past. At least, I need to hear these words. I expect you do to.

May God grant us the faith, the love, the courage, to join the Psalmist in speaking these words to one another, to our kids, and to the world around us. Amen.


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