Owning Favor...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Because I think there may be a few more people like Noah and I out there who need this... A first draft rough reflection from Anne Vonskamp's new book The Greatest Gift! More thoughts tomorrow.... 

“The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD.
GENESIS 6:5-8”

I have been stuck in a season of having ALOT wiped away from me. Like years of it.  Family, friends, traditions, beliefs, freedoms, ideals. Tragedy has hit close more than once, BUT I, LIKE NOAH HAVE FOUND FAVOR. Oh how I can relate to him! 

Now, here's what I love about this. The Bible tells us that Noah once got so drunk he went back and passed out in his tent.... I've not been drunk and passed out in my "tent" in a long time but it brings me great hope that God chose to recreate the entire human race off Noah... The drunk friend you have to haul inside and put to bed....we have all had one or unfortunately been one.  Just sayin'.... I may not make a habit of getting drunk and passing out (anymore), but I have (a lot) and I still sin daily. And it takes up the exact same amount of room on Jesus blood scarred back as Noah's drunkenness!  I judge people who sin differently than me sometimes, most of the time it's on those I feel who  are so stinking self righteous, those who measure people... Because it hurts me so badly to have a person reduced to your perception or quite frankly your ignorance. But.... Even so... Uh hum hello pot, I'm kettle, nice to meet ya! We should be friends!! Or not... 

Sometimes I think about things that deserve no place in my thoughts, I doubt God when the devil tears away at my heart, like just last week. Even when he has elevated me and breathed completely new heaven sent breath in my life and has shown me more fruit of obedience in a few short years than my entire almost 35, I doubt if my obedience to him is worth it. Sometimes I even get really pissed and cuss a lot, even if it's in my head.  Sometimes I get sick of doing this whole Christ following, dying to self life and I want to move to an island, sip red stripes and grow baby dreads with my friends. True story... Judge away. I'm guilty. 

Now please don't go thinking that I think any of this is ok, or that I think I'm ok bc I admit it and confess it. I don't. I simply find extreme hope in the fact that just like the drunk, I have found favor AND GOD WANTS TO RECREATE HUMANITY THROUGH THE LITTLE PEOPLE HE'S ENTRUSTED ME TO!! Yes, the entire hope of the future generations can be redefined through us sharing the cross with our fleshly shoots. We can all get drunk in our tents BUT IF WE TURN FROM IT AND EMBRACE CHRIST'S WILL FOR OUR LIVES he can do ANYTHING!! BUT WE HAVE TO TURN AWAY FROM COMFORTABLE, FROM SELF, FROM WHAT WE FEEL ENTITLED TO, FROM PEOPLE'S EXPECTATIONS AND DIE.... And most of the time dying hurts really bad... But oh look how the world changed bc Noah died... The drunk who passed out in his tent built a boat... Years before a flood that none believed in. The dude was chastised and made a mockery of. He was hated and judged and told he was a fool.... 

But Noah had heard the voice of God and he believed... He died to approval, comfort, being liked, understood, welcomed and he had the last laugh so to speak.... He turned from evil and he rose up on the consuming waters and he rode those waves like a champ..he did crazy for God and it hurt some others, he stayed the course. And the drunk became a hero... 

Now- another practical point... Don't ever count anyone out. If a pastor got drunk in his tent he'd be fired.. By man..... God will use anyone! 

thank you Jesus for using the least likely, the most humble, simple, stupid, foolish people to change the world.... Total affirmation there's a part saved for me in all that! Let me rise and ride the waves intended to drown me like a champ and when my feet rest firmly in dry land again May humanity be a whole lot richer for it... amen 

Might I add the song "JUST GIVE ME JESUS" stated on my radio station in about paragraph three.... Affirmation much? Xoxoxo 

Love you all! 

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