2 Samuel 23:16
16 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord.
Psalm 5:12 (NLT)
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
Ephesians 4:30 (MSG)
30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.
Love. A gift from God. It’s so contrary to survival of the fittest. So contrary to the natural order of the world. So contrary to what we see, as an overriding theme, pattern, reality, in our world. Today, we do grieve God.
We treat our natural resources like the eagle treats the trout, or the wolf treats the sheep. We treat our people the same way. If you’re not from our nest, if you’re not from our pack, you’re not one of us and are to be feared and fought or destroyed.
Don’t break His heart. We’re given amazing blessings, from a bountiful harvest to amazing advances in technology. We have the capacity to eliminate economic poverty and (this is going to generate some negative feedback) cultural poverty of handouts. We can do this if we poured out the blessings we’ve been given instead of holding on to them, if we engaged those outside our nest and pack, if we invest in the brokenness to effect repairs.
We can do this by pouring out the gifts we’ve been given that set us apart through the gift of love. Nothing less than the radical transformation of Earth through pouring out the love and blessings God has blessed us with.