Saturday, July 9, 2016

Psalms 145:14 -- On Falling and Learning

"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down."
Psalms 145:14

Sometimes in our times of trouble, we feel that the Lord has abandoned us.  Even when whatever it is isn't our fault, and we know that we will get through it, sometimes it *feels* like if we're doing things right, then things should go right.  And when it is our fault, sometimes we don't think that God wants to hear us apologizing, again, about screwing up.  We don't think we deserve another chance, and worry that God might not give us one.

And yet, despite how it feels sometimes, and despite our lack of hope, God is always, always there, to save us from our mistakes and our troubles.  He urges us to trust that things will get better.  He speaks peace to our souls, and encourages us to try again, with his help.

The Lord doesn't just pal around with perfect people. :)  In fact, he can't, since none of us are. :)  He loves us, whoever we are, and he asks us all to come to him, so that he can make our burdens lighter.  He wants us to all be good, and work for perfection... work hard at it, not just blow it off.  But he also knows that it is going to take some practice, and many many lessons to get there.  It's a skill, not something that just happens. :)

Today, let's work on learning to be good.  Let's look to God when we fall and when we are overloaded with our burdens, and let's ask for help.  Let's listen to God's instructions about how to make life better and happier, and how to have more hope.

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