Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Thought

“The Lord’s delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the speed of a runner; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.”  Psalm 147:10-11

We often forget that within all that is contained in Scripture, including the rather harsh words of the prophets, the common theme throughout is the Lord’s love for His creation.  Within this common theme is this certain reality that is overlooked: Scripture is the greatest of equalizers.  It puts us all on a level playing field and reminds us that nothing we have in our possession, and nothing we can do with our own hands and feet can put us in a more favored status with our Lord.  The Lord’s pleasure is in our respect for Him and faith that He looks out for those who follow Him.

Maybe we can all do well to remember this the next time we look down on someone who does not act the way we think they should act, or dress the way we think they should dress … well, you get the idea.  We have nothing within our possessions or our abilities that puts us in better standing with the Lord than our neighbor who does not equal our possessions or our abilities.  His clear favor rests upon those who trust Him completely… period.

May we push aside those possessions and abilities we put so much stock in, those things we have come to believe make us better persons and better citizens – or “better” Christians; these things that have become barriers for us and have actually served to separate us from Him.



cherie b. said...

Nice, Mike!

Michael said...

Thank you, Cherie.

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