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Boise Day 3

January 29, 2012

Be Exalted, O God

One of the lessons I often learn from travelling is that many things are not in my control.
I can’t control whether the plane will land safely, 3 times.
I can’t determine whether the food I eat will agree with my stomach, or my general health for that matter.
I can’t change the cold weather even if I dislike it.
I can’t choose whether the local people will treat me well or not.  In the past 2 days, I’ve been on the end of
racially-motivated taunts and jests by some local people. It was not physically abusive, but you know, sticks & stones.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to perform in my work during this business trip.

…and much more.

In this situation, I learn that I need to rely on God.

King David said in Psalms 33,

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

God’s love is unfailing, and my faith in his unfailing love is tested in situations like this.
Prior to verse 18 it reads:

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
What do I respond to the racial incidents?

These words are radical. It even seems counter-intuitive; illogical. But after meditating on these words and much of the Bible I know that nothing humanly contrived can stand against the will of God.

Proverbs 21:30 says,

30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
that can succeed against the LORD.

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the LORD.

These are bold claims, but by the most beloved and wisest Kings of all time. Would you believe these words?
At times my heart is not fully convinced, especially due to the existential indicators, but I put my feeble faith in the future grace of God. That all things will work out for my good. Maybe those claims would not seem as outrageous anymore.

Just look at the birds of the air and the grass of the field. The creator of the heavens and the earth is in control, and so I do not fret.

What then, shall I say in response to the racists? I could say,” Hey, grow up man, get an education!”, or something like that. That would be my human instinct, and is not unwarranted.

Or I could, by God’s Spirit, say “I don’t know what motivated you to say those things, but something’s not right in your life. God knows and He can bring the change that your life needs.”

But in any case, I’m reminded of Jesus’ suffering and how I can share in His suffering. He was crucified by his own people – for their sake.  If Jesus could forgive them, so could I, and so should I, for my own sake.

Be Exalted, O God, in heaven and on earth!