Week 29 day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Luke 2: 17 When they had seen Him, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it were amazed about the things which were told them by the shepherds.
“Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere…”
This is the season when telling the good news of Jesus Christ is probably most at the forefront of our thinking as Christians. To the people of those days the hope of a messiah sent from God had within the thinking of the people the hope of freedom, abundance, security under an umbrellas of divine power. In a way all of that is true. But just as at the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem was misinterpreted to be the coming of a king with secular goals to overthrow the Romans, so too the people did as most still do, that is think with their stomachs.
Today we lust for approval, or the right gift for others and from others. Wore still, we may just mechanically give something in order to check those persons off our list. We feast, and feast, until we can barely move and then at the new year we begin to take stock of our debauched selves and vow to make the changes necessary to become the pictures of health and well-being.
I was thinking about all of this and my own feelings of guilt as I considered the passage from Galatians chapter 5 declaring what the elements of the fruit of the spirit are. I always balk when I get to that part about self-control. As a type two diabetic I have struggled with the stress brought about by years of pastoral ministry and trying to keep my family safe and well provided for. Along with that struggle my mind and spirit have succumbed to the sin of gluttony which has exacerbated the debilitating effects of diabetes.
The answer to these troubling issues in my life as always come from the scriptures. First, there is no obstacle in life which God cannot overcome. (Habakkuk 3:19) Second, it is essential that I “put to death” whatever remains of the earthly nature, (Colossians 3:5) Third, I must not give way to fear, fear of physical harm or death, fear of rejection, fear of embarrassment before the world. (2 Timothy 1:7) There is much more in scripture. Seek and you will find.