2 Samuel 7:28 (NLT)
28 For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 (MSG)
5-6 God’s Message:
“Cursed is the strong one
who depends on mere humans,
Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone
and sets God aside as dead weight.
He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie,
out of touch with the good earth.
He lives rootless and aimless
in a land where nothing grows.
7-8 “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
bearing fresh fruit every season.
Promised these good things to your servant. How cool. Yet, we get in the way. We set God aside like a dead weight, like an impediment to the good things we want. Hmmmm. It hasn’t worked for me when I’ve done it that way. Something’s always missing.
We laid Kathryn to rest yesterday – at least the part of her that will be staying in IL. We were reminded that this isn’t about this life, but the next one; the adventures we can have, the never ending light that comes from being in God’s presence (meaning we don’t need the sun because He’s lighting up everything just by His presence), the purpose for which we were made being fulfilled. How glorious it’s going to be and Kathryn has it now. It’s good to be reminded of the end game and what it takes to succeed, what it takes to have it end up right.
God as a dead weight? Hardly. God as perfection? Certainly, and just as certainly, a perfection to strive for here, while we have a chance. Sink your roots in the Living Waters.