Friday, June 12, 2009

Esau's tears and Saul's mercies

The longer I live for God, the more I discover that there are proper and improper expressions of our emotions. The Bible has taken an amazing stand by making its heroes far from perfect. Superman may never struggle, but Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did. If any book gives us an explicit text on the symptoms of being human it's the Bible. True to its own transparency the Bible is clear in letting us know that a good start won't always equal a good ending. Such is the case with Esau, a man born with blessings who loses it all for a pot of beans to his younger brother. Although Esau would later repent, his repentance was not able to reinstate his birth-rite blessing. Who would of ever thought that repentance required a proper expression too? The religiose emotions that are associated with being Christian are the ones we should take the most seriously. If God is the central figure of our experience then weeping, rejoicing, loving, and sincerity must not border on the casual. Let us consider people like Saul who had improper expressions of mercy that God wouldn't tolerate. God demanded that he lay waste the Amlekites and all they possessed, but Saul spared some and wasted others. His expression of mercy and thoughtfulness resulted in his rejection. Esau's tears and Saul's mercies pose the greatest threat to the people who exercise them. Prohibitions are for our sake not God's sake. Why council God on what's worth keeping amidst His commands to discard? Could Abraham have haggled with God regarding Isaac like he did with Sodom and Gomorrah? Could Noah have requested an extra two or maybe three of every kind of animal? Could Jesus have completed the redemptive work of humanity hanging only half dead on Calvary? Can we feel the fullness of joy giving God half of our heart? The answer is no, but its a small "no" compared to the big "yes" that says, Yes we can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us.

Psalms 84: 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You; Your ways are in their hearts. Passing through the valley of weeping, they will make it a fountain; the early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength...

1 comment:

Carol Connell said...

Hello there Bro. & Sis. Prado,

Just stopping by to wish you two a Happy Anniversary. Hope you're able to do something fun together and that the Lord will continue to bless your marriage and ministry. I love and appreciate you.

Sister Connell