Today: Dealing with the wounds!
Passage: Judges 6, Isaiah 1
13Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about (Judges 5, NIV)-emphasis added
5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness— only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. (Isaiah 1, NIV)-emphasis added
If God should be with us, we need to be transparent, not opaque!
What we see in many people, families and Churches is a made-up picture.
There is so much “cover-up” instead of wash-up!
We can put a big smile on our face while we are still mad at someone. We can have a big fight at home and then have that “made up” smile. We can have problems
going on in church, yet cover them up and make things look good!
It is definitely a great achievement if we can find peace in the midst of chaos!
But if we like to “cover up” the wounds instead of “dressing” them up, we can’t go too far. Before long, the wound will burst and stink, letting the whole world know!
The best thing to deal with a wound is to press out all that is decaying, clean it and dress it nicely, even though it is painful. The worst thing is to simply cover it up with some “colorful something” and put on some good perfume!
The “wounds” are sin in personal life, broken relationships and so on.
When “self” goes up, relationship with God and others get affected
Israelites were “stinking” with sin many a time, during the period of the Judges.
But they didn’t care about it. They would rather “cover-it-up” and walk as if everything was O.K. What a friend and brother we have, in them!
Anytime Jesus saw a problem/sickness/demonic, he addressed it immediately.
It is better to address our “wounds” in personal/family/work/church before God or someone else has to deal with it. Sometimes we need to step-up and act.
At other times, we may need to step down a little bit.
Jesus came to the earth, seeing the chaos going on here.
He had to suffer for it; yet He was happy that He could solve the problem!
Now it is our turn, to go out of our way and our comfort zone, to bring some peace and joy to others, thereby bringing peace and joy to ourselves
God bless you
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you loved us, came down for us, lived for us and died for us. Today, you are living and interceeding for us, watching and waiting to meet with us. Help us to have your vision and to continue your mission. Amen
“If Jesus is not our role-model, we coule be just models with no role”