February 17, 2014

Hebrews 2:8-9 In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus.

This passage expresses something that has tormented thinking people down through the ages: why would a loving God allow all the junk we see going on around us? That question has caused some people to turn away from God, but the writer here expresses both the problem and the only answer our finite minds can grasp at this point: a thundering, BUT WE SEE JESUS. The mystery of human free will, and all the suffering it brings, is something we can’t really wrap our minds around. However, God allowed Himself, in the Person of His Son, to bear the full brunt of that so that all who believe might be brought into right relationship with Him. It is as we remember that, that we are able to bear up and make it through all that we experience. We don’t like to admit it, but no amount of human genius could ever figure it all out so that it makes sense to our minds. That’s why God, out of His intense love for us, sent His Son into the world as a human baby, to live as we live, yet without sin, and then suffer horribly as the penalty for our sin, ultimately proving by His resurrection the truth of His declaration, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) Any time we are bogged down by what we see going on around us, or even in us, we need to take a moment to lift our eyes and contemplate Jesus. When we have Him in focus, everything else shifts into proper perspective, and we see the magnificence of God’s love and grace toward us. It is only when we have that perspective that we can walk in the peace and joy God intends for us.

The past few years have brought fairly intense training in this area as I have watched all that is going on in the world, from the debasement of America to the martyrdom of so many because of their allegiance to Christ. It has come personally as well, with strife in the church and turmoil in the lives of people about whom I care deeply. Right now my wife, who already has a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, is facing the probability of brain surgery. In all of that, from the personal to the world-wide, I’ve got to keep my eyes on Jesus so that I may walk in faith, peace, and joy. That can be quite a challenge! I encounter evidence of God’s grace daily, even hourly or even more often, but I won’t recognize His grace, His hand and His voice, if I am focused on the problems rather than on Jesus. If I do maintain focus on Jesus, He will keep me in perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3)

Father, thank You for this reminder. The current temptations to inner turmoil, from taxes to Cathy’s MRI coming up in a few days, are strong, but not stronger than You. Help me receive the peace You offer so that I may be an open channel of grace and peace to those around me, as a testimony to them and for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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1 Response to February 17, 2014

  1. Pastor Garrott;
    Pastor Sharon and I are praying for you and your wife. While we know that it is God’s will to heal we don’t know His timing. Whether it’s in this life or the life to come. We do know that in God’s kingdom His people will not have diseases like Parkinson’s. We are asking the Father in Jesus name that if it be His will that He would heal your wife Cathy so that both of you could contine in the ministry that He has given you.
    pastor George

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