“The LORD is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14 NLT)
Before we take the time to look into the wonders of this “new you,” we need to pause and address the two issues that always seem to become the “fly in the ointment” for most of us…
If you are anything like me (and I will guess that you are) there tends to be quite a difference between what we know we should be and what we are. When we really look at our Christian lives, we often wonder why we struggle so much.
We hear all this talk of God’s wonderful provision for us – and we really do want to attain to all that God has graciously given to us. But it seems that we spend more time asking for God’s forgiveness (for all the ways we mess up) than it does giving Him praise for using us to change this world.
In all honesty, we all struggle to “measure up” – to really live in the victory that Scripture proclaims and that we claim to believe.
Why is this?
First, we really struggle with our significance – or more appropriately: our feelings of insignificance. There is God… the Great and Holy, Almighty One… then there is us. When it gets down to it, we realize that we are only bags of dust. Dirtbags (if you will). Why in the world would He (The Great and Mighty) possibly care about “little old me” (just a grain of sand on an entire beach). Why would He expend one ounce of His divine energy in loving us?
The only answer is: I don’t know (not so comforting, is it?).
But this I do know… the entire Bible points us to this one fact: God does care about each of our lives – and His love is infinite towards us. Maybe the greatest definition of true love is the ability to truly love those who are totally insignificant (in the eyes of everybody else).
Because of His infinite (and personal) love for us, God is compassionate towards us in our second struggle.
We mess up. Alot. We know what we should be and do. But we aren’t. And we don’t – most of the time. It all leaves us with the sense of “why bother?” Why go on pretending (and it often feels like we are pretending) that we are God’s people when we are such mess-ups. Does He really need one more bad example, one more mistake, one more failure in His fold?
So sometimes, when we talk about what we should be (and what God has provided for us to be) and then, we look at our lives, we feel so ashamed, so frustrated, so weak. We feel like we can never really walk in the fullness of this new life, because there is always the problem of “me” in the equation.
I really think that we all have to come to grips with these issues. We are flawed and broken human beings – who are trying to lay hold of the depths of God’s infinte grace. And often struggling to do so…
But here is the really good news.
This is no shock to God. He knows our feelings of insignificance. He knows our mistakes and failures. He is fully aware that “we are only dust.” And His promise to us is that He still wants to be a Father to us (a really good one). He has no problem extending His infinite compassion towards us.
The only thing He asks is that we do not give up. Go ahead, fall down (He knows it’s going to happen). Just get up… keep going… keep trusting. He is always going to be there with His arms wide open.
Prayer focus: God, help me to always seek your grace… today and always.