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Hmmmm...Doesn't that just say it all?
How did I let this happen? My faith walk had been going so well. I was reading the Word, I was memorizing scripture, I wasn't swearing or overeating or gossiping...but now it's been two weeks since I opened my Bible and I can't even remember John 3:16 anymore...I was just gossiping about someone on the phone and I just ate that entire sleeve of cookies... (feel free to insert any sinful crutch you might lean on here). I'm all out of whack. How will I ever make this right?"Listen to the click, and listen to my voice," says Jesus.
Jesus KNOWS we are going to mess up. He KNOWS that we are fighting our sinful nature in a sin-filled world. And, while he said that we MUST be righteous to enter the kingdom of Heaven, He's also already told us that we can NEVER be righteous enough on our own. We NEED him. He HAD to be our righteousness because we would never be able to deliver on our own.
It's very reassuring to me that Jesus will never give up on me. No matter how OUT OF SYNC I get, he will always remind me to listen to the click, and listen to his voice. Jesus knows that this is a life-long journey for us. He knows that we will constantly need to be recalibrating and course-correcting as long as we walk in our dying bodies on this sinful earth.In music, keeping time is not always easy; and here on earth, staying righteous is IMPOSSIBLE. But God has already taken care of that by stepping down from his throne in Heaven to set our hearts in time with his.
Click, click, click...
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son as our "once and for all" time-keeper for our lives. Even when we lose "the beat," we can stop and listen to the click and listen to Jesus's voice. Thank you for reminders like these, because I am prone to failure when it comes to remaining righteous. Amen