Sunday, September 2nd, '18
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observe days, and months, and times, and years" (Galatians 4:10)
In this verse Paul was addressing Jewish
tradition with its harvest moons, Sabbath days, years of jubilee and so forth.
These addendums were to point to grace and not take its place. I intend rather
to westernize the verse. All of us are observers, we "observe days, and
months..." The days pass by. What we expected to take minutes has taken months.
Calendar pages flip twelve times then are discarded. We hit milestones, first
grade, second, third, twenty-one, thirty-five, forty, fifty, sixty-five, etc.
The question is, are we serving or just observing? One helpful verse; David
wrote, "My times are in thy hand" (Psalm 31:15). My times, thy hand, safe
combination. I can't make things happen. Jesus didn't. He said, "My hour
is not yet come" (John 2:4), "the hour is come" (John 17:1). "Is not" and "is",
those are matters that belong to divine timing.
While observing time we observe lots of truths.
Such as, a bumble bee is faster than a John Deere
tractor. Or that it doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge. When you lie
down with dogs you get fleas. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain
dance. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Before
you tear down a fence you ought to see why it was put up to begin with. And
I've observed a few other things that won't fit in a single devotion. I've
observed that God can be counted on. Tribulation works patience and patience
works experience and experience makes not ashamed (Romans 5:3-5). "I have been
young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken..." (Psalm
37:25) You don't learn the faithfulness of God over a weekend. Give it days,
months, times and years and you will know what I mean.
Jacob lamented, "Few and evil have the days of
the years of my life been" (Genesis 47:9). Job added, "Man that is born of
woman is of few days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). I don't like the cynical.
Mere observers tend to personalize the losses. We need to praise God instead
for the time we have, the times we've had, the times we hope for. Abraham
hollered across the chasm to the helpless man, "Son, remember that you in your
lifetime received..." (Luke 16:25) Yea, we have received. Let us cherish that and
not turn a frown. Observers observe from an observation tower. Age lifts
one above the tree line. Experience is given to chart a happier future but also
to guide the hikers following our trail. I want to learn from the observatory.
But I don't want to just be an observer. "For me to live", said Paul, "is
Christ" (Philippians 1:21). Life is no spectator sport. It can't be played out
from the grandstands or viewed through the basement window. Otherwise days do
become months then years. I propose a toast, here's to adventure. The Last
Samurai mends his wounds, Braveheart paints his face blue for old Scotland,
Paul sails one last time to win souls in Caesar's household, Jesus rises from
the dust floor of Gethsemane with new resolve for the course. The rodeo clown
takes life by the horns (literally). We weren't created to be observers. The
best way to observe life is to live it. Make that your commitment today.