18 May 2013 – Day 646 – John Allen – http://encounters-with-god.com
How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.—Matthew 7:4, 5 NIV
I can tell that God is not finished with me because he keeps showing me things about myself that I had no idea were there. Maybe it is all the scandals swirling around our President’s head. Every time someone points out something stupid or irresponsible that he has done, I have to ask myself if I have made the same mistake. My anger toward him has subsided now that everyone knows how pathetic he actually is, even though they may not admit it.
Seriously, I really feel sorry for the guy. I know what it is like to lie, cheat, and steal your way into a slimy pit of despair. I’m praying for him to repent and turn to God. I will know if he does because he will stop treating me and my friends as the bitter enemies he has made us out to be, and start listening to good advice from the decent men he has shut out of his life. He will become an example of leadership that depends on God for guidance and takes responsibility for his policy.
He will stop killing babies before they are born. He will stop sodomizing his friends. He will stop slandering his political rivals. He will stop offering aid and comfort to the Islamist terrorists who hate God. He will stop lying to his supporters about what he can do for them. He will stop enslaving us with a massive overbearing government. He will stop crippling free enterprise with socialism and environmentalism. And he will stop avoiding his responsibility to defend freedom.
So, that part was easy, but now the hard part is examining myself. I could be doing the same thing in a different way and not realize it. I don’t rely on God the way I should all the time. If I really want to do something my way, I am inclined to let checking it out with God slip my mind until it is too late to do anything about it. Oh, by the way, is it OK that I did that? Sorry I forget to check with you about it, but I know you will work it out for me.
Of course, the problem is sometimes he works it out as a teachable moment for me and reveals something really ugly that I have been avoiding. When my mother got heart failure she went to bed and waited to die, but she didn’t die, so she got up and resumed her life by going to her brother’s 90th birthday party in Idaho. Maybe the bed rest helped her, but I thought what she did was silly.
This morning, I realized I have done the same thing with my life that she did. When I got heart failure, I applied for disability and waited to die. As far as I was concerned, writing my blog was about the only activity my weakened heart could tolerate. The truth is that some of my problems stem directly from inactivity, and I would feel much better if I did more.
How do I know what God has for me if I don’t even try to find it? I have heard that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, but I don’t do it. I understand that God will keep me here as long as he has something for me to do, but I don’t try to find out what that is. Since God keeps showing me new things about myself, God must not be finished with me yet.