Ebb & Flow... No Mo!
"Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name." - Psalm 80:17-18 NIV There seems to be an ebb and flow to life, and I don't mean the seasons or the really bad fashion trends of the past. Instead, I'm specifically referring to the waywardness of man. A coming to God, followed by a going-away. A growing... turned to decline. Over and over this pattern characterizes the human experience without prejudice. Adam and Eve did it. Abraham did it. Noah did it. David did it. You and I did it. "Maybe just one more church service can fix it." Or "Maybe just one more rock-bottom-moment and we'll have learned our lesson." These are the things we tell ourselves, as we hope to finally kick those old habits. But the truth is, we can never stop this vicious cycle... not on our own. In the words of the psalmist as we lie "cut down", "burned with fire" and "perishing" our only hope is for God to send the "son of man" for our rescue. And when God sends the One who sits at His right hand, then there will be no more ebb and flow. What does this mean, though? Does the Bible imply that once we become Christians we will never stray nor falter? No, it does not! Instead, it reveals that Jesus never strays nor falters, and we are IN Him. In Jesus Christ, the ebb and flow of our waywardness finds its end. What we were powerless to do, He not only did but does for us each and every day!! Questions to Consider: If Jesus is our righteousness and in him, we never stray from God, does this imply that we no longer have to obey? If our obedience is not what keeps us saved then what is its purpose? What does the Bible say about those who claim to be saved but do not live in accordance with God's righteous standards?