Thursday, April 16, 2009

Run to The Word...

Sometimes, things in this life simply do not make sense. Some of those things are big deals, some are little trifles, but when the "thing" that is not making sense matters to us, even the little issues can seem ginormous. Don't you love that word? Ginormous. It has actually been added to the dictionary, but for those unfamiliar with this wonderful descriptor, it means gigantically enormous.

Today, at least three things did not make sense to me. I will not list them at risk of offending someone or divulging classified information (okay, I'm kidding about that one) but doesn't every day cause you to pause and wonder about something?

At one time, I naively believed that most people were reasonable, rational, and responsible--but having learned that maybe that's a little too generous as a generalization, I've come to accept that it's just a fact of life that there will be at least one baffling circumstance or person to contend with every day.

For that reason (among so many others) I am in love with God's Word. I am so grateful that God didn't bar any holds with respect to its transparency and candor. Today, the passages are 1 Chronicles 9 and 10 and Psalm 102, 103, and 104. The Chronicles verses recall the deaths of Saul and his sons in vivid detail, reminding us that Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord. Then, the Psalms highlighted today focus attention on the plight of one who is overwhelmed with trouble and praises lifted by David.

If you are struggling to understand something that just doesn't make sense, run to The Word. It is a wellspring of hope and a healing balm for bewildered brains:

Psalm 103:
6 The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
everything in all his kingdom.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.

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