Jolene drug herself home from a grueling 5th grade schoolday.
Mom was waiting to hear about her grades and Jolene knew about a failing one. Her stomach tied into tighter knots with every step of the 4 blocks home. As she opened the door her Mom looked up from the computer. Jolene’s grades stared back from the screen. Tears in her eyes, Jolene said, “Mom, I’m so sorry I’ll try harder to get my homework done and not talk during class.”
Now put yourself in that Mother’s shoes, wouldn’t you melt at the humble request of forgiveness? Wouldn’t you go to the end of the earth to help your little girl raise that grade? And you’re human! Think of God’s love for us. The rest of the night would be fun and full of fellowship between them.
What if, Jolene were to hide from her mother. Or when she got home, defiantly say, “It’s the teacher’s fault, she is mean and doesn’t like me.” or maybe, “You push me too hard, I can’t live up to the standards you put on me!”
The best definition I’ve heard of humbleness, is being willing to listen to God. Just listen to him. If you’re wrong, then your opinions get set aside. The definition of meekness is being willing to do what God says. You make his “to-do” list for your life, your “to-do” list. What surprises me is the misconception that what God has for us, is hard to do. Or his opinion of us is low. These are perceptions formed by men, not by God or his Word. So what does God really think about us?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Isn’t this comforting. God loves you and thinks thoughts of peace. It’s a very loving thing to be in fellowship with him, because he’s always got your back. Ephesians 3:20; Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. As humans we perceive things by our five senses but God isn’t limited to that. He thinks far greater and above what we do.
Next, is God’s list for us hard to do? 1 John 5:3; For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. The word grievous is an old English word translated from the Greek word barys, meaning hard to do, or burdensome. Isn’t that exciting! Nothing God is going to give you to do is too hard. If you live in Billings, MT, he isn’t going to tell you to go to Hawaii to get pineapple for a friend before work. That would be far too hard to carry out. He doesn’t even ask us to give out of our necessity, only our excess. 2 Cor. 9:7 Now that’s loving!
How do you get back in fellowship with God? It’s as simple as admitting you need to. I John 1:9; If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins (harmatia or missing of the mark), and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The whole verses hangs on the IF. If we confess we immediately get all the benefits of being right back in perfect fellowship with him. Notice it doesn’t say you confess them to your church, or priest, or pastor. Just get it out to God.
If you’re hiding from God because you think you’ve sinned, go to him, ask for forgiveness and then remember, Psalms 103:12; As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us. This is a figure of speech saying that those old sins are gone forever. If they are brought up, it’s not God doing it. If you do this with the attitude of what to do to bless yourself and God you’ll be cruising through life with more peace than you’ve ever known.