January 21, 2013

The Mirror of Ancient Words

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Have you ever wondered why famous people do stupid things, get caught, and ruin their lives? We think WE would never do that if we had their wealth, their fame, their lives. Why would they mess up a good thing? Well, the truth is, we just might do what they did because we have free will and haven't really walked where they have walked. Who knows what we would have done if we had to walk in their shoes and deal with the things they deal with.

I learned something Sunday at church. The ancient words of the Bible are a mirror for us to see ourselves and learn from.

Take Adam and Eve, for example. They lived in paradise. They walked with God. They had the perfect life. So what does Eve do? She wants more. She wants to be like God and eats the fruit. Aren't we like that? Sure we are! We have jobs and have a good life, but we want more. You've seen it before...a man wants a better looking wife like his neighbor has and has an affair. A couple wants a home to look just like a magazine, so they go into debt and end up living paycheck to paycheck.

How about Cain and Abel? While they didn't have the paradise their parents had, they couldn't have had much of a hard life. There weren't a lot of people to deal with and that usually is where the drama lies, right? But Cain saw Abel getting praise from God and got jealous. Instead of doing the right thing, he decides to just get rid of his brother. No more competition.

The Bible is full of stories that help us see our human nature. The thing is, the Bible tells the whole story, full of the consequences of giving in to our selfish desires, so that we can fully see where we can end up if we live for ourselves and not for God.

God wants so much to be in a relationship with us. He missed walking in the garden with Adam and Eve. Can't you just hear the pain in His voice when they hide from Him and He calls out, "Where are you?" Can't you hear the anguish in His voice when he asks Cain, "What have you done?"

God wants us to desire Him about all else. He wants us to go to him with our thanksgiving, our pain, our excitement, our hurt, our love, our fear. He wants all of us...our heart, soul, mind and strength. He is not scared of our messy hearts. He can take it. He wants to take it. He wants to have all of us, the good, the bad, the ugly. What a great God!

So as you read the Bible, the ancient words, remember to look for yourself in the stories. Don't try to "pose" in front of the mirror, putting your best face forward. Just be yourself and really see your heart in the reflection of God's word.

p.s. Thanks John Ketchersid for an awesome sermon!

7 comments:

  1. Great post, Sherrinda!! Maybe you should be writing devotionals? :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I think I would have to co-write with my husband, because I am just sharing what I'm learning from his sermons!

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  2. Oooh I loved this post! I think you should co-write/write them as well! Such great truths and I always get tingles when I read or think about God wanting intimate time with ME! Nobody, ME! :)

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    1. Aw, Jessica, you are sweet. Isn't God's love and desire for us just the most amazing thing? I love your heart, girl!

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  3. This reminds me of Melissa Tagg's blog last week about reading stories in the Old Testament and trying to figure out why God chose to put them there. He has a purpose for each story - and on the surface they may not seem to relate to our lives, but when we dig deeper and really seek to discover what God would have us learn, we see it clearly. No, I don't relate to Noah's ark building days - but I do relate to being in a world of moral decay. Others laughing at my choice to live a life free from worldly passions. Trusting God to provide for my family when the tides of destruction devour others. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Gabrielle, thank you for that beautiful comment. I have always thought you had the most beautiful heart.

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  4. Really, REALLY good stuff today, Sherrinda. It's funny, Gabe mentioned my blog post from last week and that's what I thought of as I read, too. Those people in the OT...um, some crazy stuff happened. But then I think of my life...our world...the stuff I do...and I realize I'm really not so different. We all need a Savior. Trying to convince ourselves any different and hiding behind a mask is just silly. Love how you said he's not scared of our messy hearts!

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