He is wonderful for WHAT HE IS IN THE PRESENT. And here I will not diverge, but will just appeal to you personally. Is he wonderful to you? Let me tell the story of my own wonderment at Christ, and in telling it, I shall be telling the experience of all God’s children. There was a time when I wondered not at Christ.
In this Psalm, David provides wisdom for wrestling with comparison and envy towards prospering non-believers. He reminds us that the achievements or material goods of those we envy won’t last.
This glimpse into what is often a gaping chasm of lost hopes and abandoned dreams offers a frightening opportunity to let go. Indeed, facing the death of ones’ dreams head on forces a moment of decision.
How often do we feel this pressure building inside of us, but we’re afraid to confront the sin that’s causing it? We keep on denying it to God, others, and even ourselves. Maybe you don’t want to acknowledge your sin to God because you feel you’ve messed up one too many times.
Jesus could have been a conman surrounded by other conmen. They, in turn, were willing to die to keep the con going and got others to die keeping the con going. Or there is something else.
We all need to search our souls when we hear these virtues set forth by Christ; none of us is as meek as we ought to be. Sometimes we confuse being meek with being weak. Sometimes we do not say anything when we should, and we excuse our cowardice by attributing it to humility or meekness. Moses was not a coward, and certainly, Jesus was no coward.
Anyone who does not renounce everything cannot be Jesus’ disciple. This may feel like quite an extreme statement. But it is required of all believers. We don’t hear this very often even though it is a basic premise of real and true Christianity. Anything less than this is not really following Jesus.
Kita semua memerlukan sesejenis penyembuhan dalam kehidupan kita. Kita mungkin bergumul dengan penyakit fizikal, trauma emosi, tekanan jiwa, atau beban rohani meskipun selepas bertahun-tahun berdoa untuk penyembuhan.
What does it mean to bear our cross and follow Jesus? It means we have to die. We must die to ourselves and live to Christ. We must lose our own life and walk forward in His. We must turn from going our own way and go the way He wants us to go instead. If we are truly believers, this is something that should work itself out more and more in our lives over time.
When we are dealing with such an in-depth topic of the human condition, I believe that the subject matter itself outweighs a simple approach to this subject. We must be careful that what is being said supports the topic clearly. There is no easy approach to looking at what makes us human.