Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” vs. 10

Psalm 103:8-10

Women’s gymnastics has become one of the favorite Olympic events and the semis and finals always show up on primetime television. We enjoy the grace and incredible athleticism of the gymnasts, and anxiously watch the performance of our favorites. There are always missteps and falls, sometimes there is paralyzing anxiety, and in the end only a few end up on the podium with medals around their necks. It’s possible to see in gymnastics a kind of metaphor for life. All of us are involved in a dizzying number of events and sometimes we can be overwhelmed by the difficulty. We regularly fall on our faces and suffer embarrassing setbacks. And some of us just aren’t very good at living – we seek shortcuts and hate the disciplines it involves. And of course the anxiety being provoked by a hyper vigilant media provides an everywhere present sense of tension at every step of the way. We might even come to believe, based on our lifetime performance, that there’s no way we’re ever going to make it to the podium. Our salvation of course is that life is not like gymnastics in one important way. God is not our judge. Oh we get judged plenty in the course of living, but God doesn’t do it. Our falls and slips are not counted against us. Instead, we are set on our feet, encouraged and loved, and treated like winners every step of the way!

Thought for the Day: What’s it like to be judged?


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