Psalm 145:18-19 (NLT)
18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
So close. He hears our cries when we “fear” him. The awe, incredibly unbridled respect and adoration, amazement, all rolled up into a word that translates in English to “fear”. Think about this God who is so close, who loves us like we don’t understand because we’ll never love as intensely as He does, as perfectly as he does.
He grants our desires when we call on him in truth. Yet our hearts are soiled. He gave us laws to try to keep us in line, and we made more, then more, then more. Impossible to keep, the laws became the endgame, not living for God. Like so many then, so many now, we polish the outside of the cup while the inside is full of darkness, secrets and “stuff”.
Galatians 3:23-25The Voice (VOICE)
23 Before faith came on the scene, the law did its best to keep us in line, restraining us until the faith that was to come was fully revealed. 24 So then, the law was like a tutor, assigned to train us and point us to the Anointed, so that we will be acquitted of all wrong and made right by faith. 25 But now that true faith has come, we have no need for a tutor.
He came closer to us. True faith has come. The original laws still apply as a structure for us to live by. Get over the oxen part and get to the meaning. Yet, as history and current events show us, we can’t live by 10 simple rules. We just can’t seem to get it right. We need a tutor to learn.
Now we have a tutor to teach us how to live the law, not just obey it. We have a tutor to guide us on how to live the simple basics of a good, Godly life. It’s there for us when we call on him in truth. I’m off to get tutored by Christ (not the veterinarian that the world gives us).