Monday, Dec. 17 – Jane Woods

17 Dec

Monday, Dec. 17 – LOVE

Today’s Scripture:
Isaiah 16:5
John 13:1-5

The heaviness of a hard sermon lay on my mind, compounded by a mounting attack of insecurity concerning my value, worth and beauty. A slushy kaleidoscope of emotion bombards me. Sorrow and despair jabbing from the left and jealousy clawing on the right, discontent with a choke hold from behind and loneliness like a snake pit at my feet; rushing, darting, bounding in a multicolored cloud of disillusion at the brokenness of this fallen place.

“Oh Lord Jesus,” I pray, “Please come take us home.”

I wait with the ages for the Great Escape. All the ugly demons of this world quick upon me and sometimes I am just plain tired from the fight. I revel in the heavenly dream, free from this thorny existence.

The desire is rankly selfish. I want to quit feeling sad for all the injustice in the world. I want to stop being envious of girls I find more beautiful than myself. I want to finally find satisfaction in my work.

So I pray for the Rapture.

Isaiah 16:5 says,

“In love a throne will be established;

in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
one from the houseof David—
one who in judging seeks justice

and speeds the cause of righteousness.”

Very often, the discouragement I allow myself blinds me from the throne already established. My anticipation of God’s promise to restore the world keeps me from experiencing the omnipresent work of the Cross.

Apart from the Fall, I cannot explain our endurance of life. It seems as though it should serve some purpose for us in the next life, like we need to live in order to understand grace, relationship, persecution, love, etc. But Scripture suggests we may not remember our earthly lives at all.

I get hung up on that, thinking there is no purpose in this so let’s end the noxious charade already.

I forget.

The throne’s arrived, and King Jesus sits upon it. The Kingdom of Love is among us.

In pining for a perfect world, I’m distracted from the abundant love Jesus has already poured out—a love big enough to cover all injustice and ill feeling, to launder our discouragement clean. Ultimately, the final reconciliation will come. But in patient waiting God makes Himself available to us through Jesus.

May we both “live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming,” and also be constantly reminded that, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

-JW

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