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Last night at LifeGroup we spent time talking about the basics of the gospel – the good news that God saw our need for a sacrifice and sent his son to die in our place so that we could have … Continue reading
Last night at LifeGroup we spent time talking about the basics of the gospel – the good news that God saw our need for a sacrifice and sent his son to die in our place so that we could have life.
I’ve been thinking about my need for the God’s goodness by starting with viewing God has the Giver of Life. My disobedience rejects the Giver of Life leaving me with what? Death. Yet still the Giver of Life offers healing again in connection with him. I only have to entrust him with my life. He promises to forgive me and free me from the grip of death (1 John 1:9). He promises to release life in abundance for me.
In John 10:10 Jesus revealed, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. But I have come that you may have life and life to the full.”
Last night our conversation moved away from the framework I’m used to and focused on why God would punish people for sin. It seems kind of arbitrary doesn’t it? If he made the rules, couldn’t he change them? Why would a loving God set up a system where he knowingly condemns us to death?
One of the most compelling points brought up last night centered on the idea that sin and disobedience have to do with death. God’s rules guide us away from things which are dangerous, unhealthy, and deadly. Rejecting God’s rules, more than exposing us to relational disconnect with God, exposes us to the consequences of engaging with deadly and dangerous things. The Giver of Life doesn’t make arbitrary rules. His instructions have to do with life. Even if it boils down to instruction that just plain keeps me in step with him, I want to be there because he is Life. Stepping away from the Giver of Life exposes me to Death.
This morning I was reading in Isaiah and God highlighted the deadliness of sin and disobedience again:
For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind take us away.
Isaiah reflects here on the destructiveness and power of iniquity (sin). It has strength in itself to destroy. We read further and find Isaiah’s amazement over people refusing to turn to the Giver of Life and over their persistence in choosing the consequence for rejecting the Giver of Life.
There is no one who calls on your name,
Who arouses himself to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us
And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
Isaiah 64:6,7 (NASB)
I find encouragement in the clarity that sin is the thing that destroys but God is the one who gives life. Death is a consequence for rejecting Life, not a punishment from a moody divine being. When God establishes rules, paths, and directions they are for our our best, for our life. But even still the life we are after doesn’t come from rules, it comes from being with God, the Giver of Life, and steering away from the things of death.
What do you think?
Thanks to everyone praying for jobs for Liz and me! We’ve been searching a lot and God has been providing. Daniel has been working part time lately as an assistant mattress delivery man for another team member (Tyler) who has … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone praying for jobs for Liz and me! We’ve been searching a lot and God has been providing. Daniel has been working part time lately as an assistant mattress delivery man for another team member (Tyler) who has a truck and the title of Lead Mattress Delivery Man at the Fort Collins branch of Mattresses and More! (Too many mattresses in that sentence).
Some Positive Notes about the job:
1. I learned recently that the mattress delivery business is a tipping business 🙂 (Well, sometimes)
2. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to get to know Tyler better,
3. to meet interesting people,
4. and to pray for a quite a few random families in the Northern Colorado region.
Last Saturday Tyler and I had an interesting delivery. We delivered a mattress to a woman who was wearing a plastic boot on her foot. She told us about her recovery process from an accident last July. After completing the delivery and installation we asked if we could pray for healing for her foot. She welcomed our prayers and said her foot felt a little better after we prayed.
Later on that evening, while Tyler and I were delivering another mattress, we got a call from our boss at Mattresses and More. He told us the lady we had delivered for had called the store to thank us and to let us know her foot feels much better!
I’m super-encouraged about God bringing change and I’m asking for complete healing well ahead of the schedule.