Wednesday Word 7.12.2017
Romans 7:21-25 New International Version
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
This has been the dilemma of sentient beings ever since that fateful apple. We have the ability to think, to reason. Humans have an awareness of the world around them. Well, most of us do, anyway. But, we are also part of the animal, as in: animal, vegetable or mineral. Made in God’s image, but without the Divine. That is what gave Paul trouble. It trips us up all the time. We have a strong tendency to want what we want when we want it.
It isn’t only our bodies that get in the way of our walk with Jesus. The human heart falls prey to doubt and fear. Our minds are often our own worst enemy. I think of the story in Mark 9, where Jesus is speaking with the father of the tormented child. In verse 24, “…Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'” All I can say is thank God for sending us the Holy Spirit to bolster us when our faith waivers.
In 1760, Martin Madan added a third verse to a beautiful hymn written by Robert Robinson. We sing it from time to time and it tears my heart out every time. Over 250 years ago these men described in meaningful words where I find myself today. Look it up on Sunday morning, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” To paraphrase: Every day, I realize how deeply indebted I am to my Savior for the grace that transforms my life. Let that grace forever tie me to Our Merciful God. I need an unbreakable bond because I know I am going to mess up again. I know that I am bound to disappoint the Heavenly Father I want so badly to please by wandering away from the path he has set for me. Help me, Dear Father, write your name on my heart so that I may serve you now and forever.
The father quoted in Mark, Paul, Robinson & Madan, and me. We have something in common. We want so badly to live out our belief everyday, but we know we must have Jesus to help us. How about you?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki