Thursday, March 20, 2014

Will We Ever Learn



I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but if not, I have an almost 11 month old son, Bug.  Seeing as how this is my first child, I am learning a great deal about parenting and babies.  I was clueless about most things and still by no means consider myself an expert on children and all that that entails.

I honestly think nothing fully prepares you for the experience.  I believe this is because all of us are unique individuals and so are our children...even though we may see facets of ourselves displayed in their physical appearance or personality.  For example, because Bug is crawling, we now know that he can be a stubborn little boy.  I'd love to say he gets this from his daddy (and he may) but according to my parents, he gets it from me.  More than once (as in a lot actually) my son decided he wanted something and no matter how many things we try to distract him with or how many times we tell him no, or even take him or the thing away, left to his own will, he immediately crawls back to it or reaches for it. Stubborn little rascal, or as his grandparents like to say (because grandbabies can do no wrong), "He's just so determined." They mean the same thing but determined just has a more positive ring to it, doesn't it?  Anyway, I digress...

Bug's stubborn determined behavior can be quite frustrating, especially after a long day. But no matter how flustered I get, I still love him with a fierce, protective, unending love and always forgive him for ignoring not listening.

It was at one of these back-and-forth times with Bug that I was reminded again of how truly amazing God is.  He is so merciful with us and gives us such grace. Because, honestly, don't we all operate like Bug even in our adult lives?  We know there are things we shouldn't do, say, watch, hear, etc but we still tend to return to them time after time.   And our God, who loves us with a protective unending love, guides us away and forgives us each time.

This back-and-forth reminds me of the Israelites who were on the way to the promised land. Nehemiah 9:17 says,  “They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.”

Just like the Israelites, time and time again we doggedly pursue things that are not in our best interest. I mean, seriously, they wanted to return to slavery?! What were they thinking?  But each time we return to our sin, we indicate our desire to return to slavery as well, as slaves to that sin! ("Jesus answered them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.' " John 8:34)
So even though we aren't the Israelites, we still act very much like they did.  Thankfully, the God of then is still the God of today, "ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love" and He does not forsake us!  And through His patience, God's desire is for us to reach a place of repentance.

"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

When we repent, then we can be an example like Paul, who considers the great mercy he received from God as a means to glorify Jesus so that others would be saved: "But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life." 1 Timothy 1:16

Have you experienced God's grace and mercy and reached the place of repentance?

Are you like Paul, telling others about Christ's perfect patience and pointing others to Jesus?

Or are you like the Israelites, still running to the sin that enslaves you, instead of trusting God?



 Stop running to sin and start running to Jesus!  "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36  And while you're running to Jesus tell others about it, so they can start running to him, too-
because that's the kind of running any of us can do!


Love in Christ,

Alyson
 

2 comments:

  1. This blog continues to bless me with every post. You give me direction and perspective just walking through everyday life which is so important as a new-er Christian learning discernment. Thank you Alyson for sharing real life. ♥

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    1. Trish, you are so welcome. I'm still learning in this walk and I promise these lessons I share are because they are areas in my life that God has worked (or is working in)! Sorry for the delayed comment, I didn't realize I could reply... hehe.

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