“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” Psalm 143:10 (ESV)
This morning, I went down to the kitchen in my office and started working on cleaning out my coffee mug of the leftovers from yesterday’s coffee. As I normally do, I ran some scalding hot water into the cup from the tap on the coffee maker, and started scrubbing it out with a scrub brush that sits on the sink. It didn’t take long before I had sloshed some of the hot water out of the cup and onto my hand, which prompted a painful exclamation and some blowing on the burned skin. But then I stopped and looked at the cup and remarked to myself that in order to truly CLEAN the inside of the cup, sometimes some uncomfortable, and even painful circumstances had to occur.
I’m not feeling terribly original in my thinking this morning, and this devotional by Paul David Tripp says it much more clearly than I could anyway.
“Quit being paralyzed by your past. Grace offers you
life in the present and a guarantee of a future.”
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”” Jeremiah 17:9-10
I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty sobering to me, not to mention terrifying on many levels…
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 Continue reading