Wednesday, November 21, 2012

That We Might Live

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  (1 John 4:9)

If you hadn't eaten in a very long time and someone set before you an enormous buffet, would you walk away?

Say it was Thanksgiving. There's turkey, ham, cornbread dressing with gravy, collard greens cooked with bacon, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, sweet potato casserole topped with candied pecans, and don't forget the pumpkin pie.

What do you think people would say to see you, thin and wasted, your ribs protruding from your skin, your eyes sunk back into your skull, yet standing there refusing the bounty provided for you?

Or what if it was a child? Would you walk away from a child who was filthy and starving? Tears in his eyes, he asks for a piece of bread, but you turn aside. Where's the humanity in that?

That We Might Live

Jesus came so that we might live. Through His death and resurrection, because of his sufferings, because of the stripes that were laid on his back and the nails that pierced his hands, He has, in fact, provided that buffet for us. That is why He came! Why do we make light of that? Why, after all He went through, do we continue to walk away?

That makes no sense. That makes light of what He did.

God's buffet is a never-ending thing. Like the cruse of oil the widow had that never ran dry, this table is ever bounteous, all-sufficient, unending, replenishing, and more than enough. (1Ki 17:16)

Even better, it sits right in the midst of all our troubles - untouched by the world. We don't have to stop eating because of health, finances, political turmoil, war, or any of the millions of problems that come at us.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  (Psalms 23:5)

I say this all the time when bad things arise in my life or in the lives of my friends. Either you believe God's big enough for this or you don't.

We are in the world, but we are not of the world. And actually, the Scripture tells us to not love the world because that removes us from the love of the Father, and walking away from God's love is exactly like turning aside the incredible bounty He has prepared. (1Jn 2:15-17)

The incredible bounty that He keeps prepared.

He doesn't stop preparing it. He doesn't pull back his hand and say, "No, today you can't have it because of ..." (Is 59:1) Instead, it's always out there, always in front of us, no matter what.

I think the verse in Deuteronomy puts it best. Here's your choices: (a) life (b) death. Choose life.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Choose life because you don't have to live starving, broken, and afraid. In the midst of the world's troubles, despite who's in office, no matter how good or bad the economy is, even when your everyday experiences seem to be falling apart, you can partake at an incredible table.

And live. And never hunger or thirst again. (Jn 4:14)

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Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

2 comments:

~Dana Pratola said...

Awesome and encouraging post, Suzanne. Thank you!

~Dana Pratola said...

Awesome post, Suzanne. Thank you!

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