Recovery: It's a God Thing
Sunday August 28, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: 2 Samuel 21 and 22
David’s song of praise in chapter 22 is a reminder to us all of the faithfulness of God. I used to wonder about David’s personal commentary on God’s rescue: “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. The Lord rewarded me for doing right; he restored me because of my innocence for I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not turned from my God to follow evil. I have followed all his regulations; I have never abandoned his decrees. I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin. The Lord rewarded me for doing right. He has seen my innocence.” 2 Samuel 22:20-25 NLT
Hmm. Really? I don’t think so. Murder, adultery, and bad parenting all are indicators of failure to follow all the regulations and abandoning some of God’s decrees. The Lord rewarded David and restored him because of who God is, not because David always got it right. We indeed are told that we can stand blameless before the throne of grace, but not because we’ve figured out how to follow all God’s laws. We are declared blameless because Jesus, the Son of God, did right, was innocent, and never abandoned God’s decrees. Our holy, blameless state is a gift from the only one who truly lived that state of humble, loving obedience. So if you’re trying to figure out a way to think that you’re getting it all right all the time, let it rest. It’s OK. Being blameless has already been done. We can embrace our harming ways without fear of condemnation. We can do this. Not because we’re good, but because we are forgiven.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NIV
If I could give you a gift, it would be the gift of clarity regarding God’s forgiveness. Have you ever watched the movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life? In the closing scenes Jimmy Stewart figures out that he is free to tell the truth about his past sins, because his past sins are already forgiven and he is finally free. He is free to tell the truth and free to accept God’s great gifts and grand epic adventures. Jimmy Stewart dreamed that his adventures would involve world travel and doing great things. His vision was clouded, and for years he missed the grand epic adventure God was giving him each day. Finally, broken and wretched, Stewart found forgiveness and freedom on one snowy Christmas Eve. If you’ve never watched this great movie, you’re missing out! Watch it and see if there might be a truth tucked in that script for you. Notice his joy over his broken banister, his impending jail sentence, his drafty house, even the attack of his enemies. Discover as Stewart did that grand epic adventures can only be seen through the eyes of a clear conscience. You too can have this worldview. Make today a day when you’re willing to find your freedom.