‘ALL’S WELL…’ Psalm 71

For the past few years I’ve been reading Shakespeare’s plays.  Must admit the old Elizabethan English can be tough sledding, even with a mind still attuned to the King James Version of the Bible.  Some plays are easier to understand only because I’m familiar with them.  Like Macbeth or Hamlet.  I’m now finishing one that I have almost no idea what’s going on, except I cheated reading a synopsis on Wikipedia.  Otherwise, forget it.

One Shakespeare title especially grabs my attention.  Makes me think about my life in Jesus.  How I want to get closer to Him in this life as I inch closer to Him for the next.  Focusing more on Him rather than fears and silly stuff like political bickering.  Less anger.  More ‘trust and obey’.   Plain old enjoying being in Jesus… and staying right there.

Immovable.  Close by until the last day or night.  Not being fatalistic, bitter or crotchety.  Loving more.  Being understanding yet firm in biblical values.  Never falling away.  Or compromising, half-baked and double-minded.  Not judgmental yet discerning.  Tall orders for any believer at any age.  Are you with me?

As the psalmist says–‘Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come’ (Psalm 71: 18).

I imagine you also want your life to be ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’.  Ending well… for Jesus.  Not acting in a play, with script to memorize and mimic.  No.  Being unmasked and truthful to who you really are.  Honest.   Humble.  A grace that laughs at yourself and not at others.  A kindness, needed and well-received, yet rarely found anymore anywhere among anyone.

Ending well.  That’s my prayer.  All will be well if we stay the course, depending more and more on Jesus.  Lean in… for the long haul!

 

Lord, help me to become more like Jesus.  In His strength and with His help.  Amen.

A LACK OF FAITH…Judges 6

Insecurity dogged me as a new believer.  Seeking some sign from God.  Never sure what He wanted me to do.  Decisions agonized over, unlike when I was not a Christian.  Was easier before conversion,  not worrying about God.  Now, indecisiveness worsened.  I truly wanted to follow the Lord’s lead.  What gives?  Doesn’t sound right, does it?

Judges 6 contains the story of Gideon.  Hardly a fearless leader.  Lots of questions and doubts of his own.  His faith in the God of Israel rather weak.  Even blames God for deserting His people in the face of relentless enemies.  Makes lots of excuses.  Even tests God with those fleeces of his.  Fleeces that question what God has already told him.  Not faith in action, but indecision and uncertainty.

I was not much different than Gideon.  We were confused ‘brothers’, not knowing who to trust, even the Lord.  Now as I look back, I cut myself some slack.  Being young has its insecurities.  Nature of that stage in our lives.  As we grow, hit some ‘speed bumps’ of disturbing times, we see God at work in ways we never expected.  We can trust Him more.  Don’t need all the answers to our infernal questions.  Leaving it with the Lord makes much more sense.  A bit long in the tooth now, I can grasp this more.  Not tight but holding onto His hands with all the strength I can muster.  I may be weak, but He remains strong.

Never been a fan of Gideon.  For his lack of faith, as I see it.  Now, I give him a break for he is listed in the ‘Hall of Faith’ of Hebrews 11.  Thankfully, the Lord doesn’t hold our weak faith against us.  Rather, He gently, but firmly, prods us to keep growing,  keep maturing in Jesus.  Press forward to gain more of His wisdom.  Want to join me?  After all, couldn’t your faith need a bit more of the same?

 

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for not giving up on us.  Grow us as men and women of maturing faith in your Son Jesus.  In His name.  Amen.