Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"I Pity the Fool" Again
And usually I don't look for solutions any farther than my own nose. I think I have them.
But the bible paints a different picture. It says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." When we even begin to feel a hint off track we're supposed to look to God, for he's our sufficiency.
I know this, because I just got back from biking. It's sort of my catch-all hobby to go to when I'm feeling the least bit tired, stressed, anxious, fearful, sad, worried, pitiful, hungry, itchy, etc. I go to it first. And most of the time it does make me "feel" better. But am I really better for going to it first?
I would argue that I'm not. Often I'm masking over stuff with escape when God is calling me to draw close. For God has "pity on the weak and needy, and saves the lives of the needy" (Psalm 73:13).
Now Mr. T doesn't have pity. No he pities the fool! And so should I.
In my foolish thinking I think, think, think way too much. If I feel I need to repent, I think about it. If I think there's something wrong, I think about it. But now I'm starting to catch the gist of what I think God is saying to me recently, I think.
He's asking me, rather attempting to figure out why I go to biking, or watch movies, or guzzle coffee, or eat chocolate by the fistful, or "punching people in the face yo", why don't I recognize that God is my sufficiency and run to him first thing.
I've thought of repentance like this for the longest time: You try and figure out what you've done wrong, confess it to God and then turn to Him.
Um, I think I've got it backwards. Maybe, just maybe, I should turn to God first, and then allow him to help me see what's wrong.
After all I'm the weak one and he's the one with all the muscles, just like Mr. T.
(By the way, this is the second time Mr. T has shown up in the blog. I'm starting to feel like he's singling me out here.)