I’m wrapping up the book of 2 Chronicles today in my Bible reading plan, and the story of Josiah really gripped me. Chapter 34 (also found in 2 Kings 22-23) details how Josiah is getting the Temple back in order, and in the midst of the repairs, the Book of the Law* is found. The people now had in front of them a written account of the way they should be living. When King Josiah hears that account read aloud he tears his clothes and weeps because he knows the way they’ve been living doesn’t match up with those words.
The man was impacted. Most of us don’t tear our clothes to show despair, but we definitely know the emotional difference between despair and an inconvenience. How do you view sin? Does it cause you despair? When you come across Biblical truth that illuminates a sin in your life does it cause you to be emotionally impacted at your core? Not me. I can’t say that I react like Josiah. I kind of view myself on a journey that’s best characterized by the phrase, “I’m working on it.” There’s no despair. Often it’s more annoyance. It’s coexistence.
This desperation, however, is necessary to rightly view God’s holiness and to humbly receive God’s grace. A low view of my sin results in a low view of God’s grace. A high view of my sin results in a high view of God’s grace. If I view my sin as worthy of despair, then I’ll view my Savior from that sin as worthy of worship.
God help me to see the depth of my sin so that I can see the depth of Your grace.
* Depending on who you ask, the Book of the Law either refers to Deuteronomy or to the entire Pentateuch
Today’s digest has one and only one article. Why? Because this article is a little long, but worth reading for anyone who has ever thought my day stinks because I didn’t have my quiet time. (Hand raised)
The Quiet Time Performance: Tim Challies takes a look at how we often lose sight of grace in the midst of our quiet times.
Perhaps you, like me, have too often turned quiet time into a performance. If you perform well for God, you enter your day filled with confidence that God will bless you, and that He will have to bless you. You feel that your performance has earned you the right to have a day filled with His presence, filled with blessings, and filled with confidence. And, of course, when you turn in a poor performance, you feel that God is in heaven booing you and heaving proverbial rotten vegetables in the form of removing His presence and, in the words of a friend, “dishing out bummers.”
Thoughts? Questions? I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below.
Ex-Fox News reporter, Brit Hume, came under fire this weekend for some comments he made in regards to the Tiger Woods situation. Reading an article on this I found a great quote from Hume from a previous article in 2008:
“If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it’s a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you’re not really living it.”
Now there are two great truths in that statement:
1) Living the Christian life is not easy. I think sometimes in our Gospel presentations we present a view of the Christian life that makes it seem like life is an effortless journey of constant happiness. The disciples and countless other martyrs I’m sure would say it’s 100% worth it, but it’s not easy. There are implications.
2) Living the Christian life is all-encompassing. It should permeate every moment of our lives, ever action, every interaction, every relationship, etc. This notion of Christianity is great when I “need” it or when the church schedule dictates is dangerous. It leads to frustration as well as a world that sees many, many hypocrites.
Now I don’t have either one of these things down. It is a struggle to fight through the times when life isn’t easy. It’s a struggle to fight against separating Christ from other parts of my life. Grace covers all of that, but by this same grace, we have responsibilities and a role to play in being light in a dark world.