I like to read the stories of great athletes, warriors, strong men, leaders, adventurers, intellects, musicians, risk takers. I’m drawn to great mountains and that’s why tomorrow morning a group of us from Freedom’s Edge here in Orlando will jump on jets to Colorado and frankly, before we can get properly adjusted to the altitude, we from the flat land will start climbing some great mountains. I’m gasping already for breath.
I’m drawn to God because of His greatness…His great creative power, wisdom, majesty. God has made Himself known, but He is infinite so I don’t know Him near as well as I’d like. But I’m drawn to His greatness. He, the Triune God, is life’s biggest adventure.
When I read Psalm 119:21, I trembled:
“You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.”
Confession is good for your soul
I’m insolent, proud and arrogant…more than I project and I suspect significantly more than I even know. I’ll just bet you the Father hasn’t even let me seen the depth of my own sin lest I become suicidal! Compared to God, I’m an absolute nothing trying to convince myself and others that I’m a something. This verse today jump-started me into a downward spiral where I felt, for the first time in a long time, godly sorrow, good grief (2 Cor. 7:9.10). For pride. Arrogance.
Then I was drawn yet again to God’s greatness. His great grace. Unearned, I am forgiven and loved because God decided to love me and Jesus was thinking of me on the Cross. God’s greatness just can’t be missed in His grace. I’m drawn to that kind of greatness and if God can forget my sin when I confess it and when I repent… well then I figure that has to be my approach to others when they mess with my soul and hurt me.
The faces parade across my mind…those who, next time they pop up, I’ll bring before the Father and seek to forgive because I’m forgiven. I can almost taste more freedom coming. That happens when you’re drawn to the greatness of His grace.
Strength and Courage,