"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Almost Arrogant?

            Our Daily Bread frequently provides grist for the old thought mill. Today's feed had me literally laughing out loud at Bill Crowder's understatement.
            Speaking of self confidence, he used the phrase, "almost arrogant confidence." One might ask, "What's so funny about that?" To which a different one might answer with another question, "Have you ever seen a supremely self-confident person who didn't seem arrogant?"
            Isn't it sickly amusing how human nature routinely accuses God of doing us wrong when things don't go our way? Yet, when we seem to get "it" right, we blithely take all the credit.
            And we say God is unfair?
            Face it; with few exceptions, we're a race of ungrateful brats, throwing tantrums when we don't get what we want ... now. What a gracious God we have, who willingly forgives our petty childishness when we confess and repent of it.
            You think sin is somehow more attractive than that? "Why," we might assert, "no one gets away with calling me childish! If I'm a sinner, I'm a manly(or womanly) sinner." Then we might add with a red-faced scowl and maybe a firm foot-stomp, "You take that back!"
            The uncomplimentary truth is, until God changes us through His Holy Spirit power we're all rebellious sinners. And having designed us, He knows we can never be truly happy in that condition. That's why His infinite love demanded the only surefire remedy: The sacrifice of His Son Jesus. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1Jn 4:10 ESV)
            Yes, it's an old story. But it is the truth that will set you free. Instead of freaking whenever life refuses to affirm your superiority, let Jesus make you the person you were meant to be.

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