Like Chaff

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Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 
Mark 1:29-39


Indeed, they shall not be planted; indeed, they shall not be sown; indeed, their stem shall not take root in the ground; and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the storm shall take them away like the chaffOJB

If we all took a test with this question: Describe God with one word, we would end up with nearly as many different words as people who took the test.  Truthfully, there are not enough words on earth to describe God.  The verse above images a God who is so much greater than ourselves that we are like so much chaff blown away in a breeze.  Yet, as small as we are in the universe God wants us as his children.

He wants us so much that He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their woundsNIV  He came Himself in the form of a human to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.  We call Jesus the Son of Man and the Son of God for he was both.  The same God who created trillions of stars, a universe so vast that we are barely chaff, the God who promised the child would play with the poisonous snake and the lion would eat straw and lay down with the lamb, that God gave up the wonders of his throne to walk this tiny earth and say, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” NIV  It is impossible to our minds but God became both Father and Son while being both God and man.  What we think of as impossible is a trifle for God.

If God went to so much trouble can we do less?  Paul speaks of preaching but we must remember that he preached action.  We preach by doing. With Paul we should be able to say, I take no special pride in the fact that I preach the Gospel. I feel compelled to do so; I should be utterly miserable if I failed to preach itPhillips


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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