We all deal with different issues each and everyday… and sooner or later, with God’s help, we can work through them, however, as people we often times find ourselves with a dilemma… we really need to learn how to just let go-
2 Peter 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire…
Disgusting but true. How often do we do the very same thing? How often do we return to the very thing which sickens us? Which makes us hurt or feel worthless or not good enough or unloved? How many times do we go back and revisit some past hurt, instead of relying on Gods assured hope of a future?
God doesn’t make trash and God doesn’t make mistakes… so how can we allow ourselves to wallow in the mire and filth of this worlds lies? If God, in all his wisdom and mercy, designed us to spend an eternity in fellowship with him… if God loves us enough to allow his son to come this place, be kicked by the world, despised, unloved and unwanted, and still, allow himself to climb on that cross, that tree, and be crucified for our sins, our unworthiness, so that he might prove to us, once and for all, that we are worth it, that we have value, that we are good enough and beautiful enough, that we might be given eternal life, by a God who sees our value, who sees our worth, who can look beyond the dirty rags of this world that we so easily disguise and cover ourselves up with, and see the real ME, the real us, and desires for us to share his kingdom, his reward, his paradise with the likes of us…
As long as we keep our eyes turned towards the ground, turned towards the darkness inside of us, in our own lives… as long as we do everything but look towards the promise he has made for us, the covenant he has established… as long as we refuse to look outside of our own lives and instead towards Him who paid the ultimate sacrifice, Lord Jesus the Christ- then all we are ever going to see is the shadow that seems to be attached to our feet… the darkness of all our remembered past failures, or regrets, or all the bad garbage in our lives… all the times we were wronged or made fun of, or belittled, or unloved, or unwanted… the list, according to the world can go on forever-
But we believe in a God who promised us that as long as we turn our eyes to the sky, towards the heavens, towards his Son Jesus, and the promises he has made to us through him, of eternal life, of an eternity of fellowship… of a walk to remember, that he will deliver us from the depths of our despair, that he will deliver us from the chains that wish to drag us down, that he will, wash the mud from our feet and the sadness from our hearts and eyes, and will bring us into blessed union with the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe.
So ask yourselves this question… if we know it to be true, if we have heard it a million times over and over again, that we are good enough, loved enough and cared for enough… why do we persistently revisit the mire, our vomit? Why do we constantly drag up, all the things that have hurt us, made us feel less of a person, bogged us down? Made us feel inferior?
God is the answer, the truth, the light, the life and the way. This is the reason God sent his Son, for as a parent loves and cares for his child, so the Lord watches over and cares for his children.
We are his children. We are his beloved creation.
A Parent wouldn’t let his child run through life covered in filth… a loving, caring parent wouldn’t let his child continue to roll in the mire and the dirt… no, he’d sternly and lovingly, deliver that child from these current filthy conditions, help him wash up, put on new clothes, a new perspective, and return again to that place he has so lovingly prepared them…
All we have to do is answer his call, turn our eyes to him, and see the bright and early morning sun, rising in the Eastern sky, keep our attention turned His way until everything else is blinded from our eyes, heart and mind.
He will lead us home, this he has promised.
It’s time to claim that promise.