Luke 10:1-20; Genesis 17; Psalm 10
Very rarely do I do anything wrong. I know that some people think I did something wrong, but it’s always someone else’s fault. Obviously, that’s not true, but have you ever noticed how easy it is find a way to blame others for our mistakes? Maybe I think that if someone else is responsible, people and God will still love me. The Psalmist put it this way: Why do you stand so far away, LORD, hiding yourself in troubling times? (Psalm 10:1) It’s easy to think that God stands off when we’re having difficulties – that somehow, if God were right there holding us, we’d have no problems. In truth, problems happen to everyone and God is always right there with us. As an old postcard on my Grandma’s cabinet used to ask, “If God seems far away, who moved?” If we are followers of Jesus, then the Holy Spirit walks with us each step of the way. Even when we think we are separated from God, He is there. In troubles not caused by our sin, He comforts us. In troubles caused by our own sins, He is there, helping us to repent and to receive forgiveness. We may lament God’s absence like the Psalmist, but He is always with us, supporting us no matter what the situation may be.
Lord, give me the faith to recognize Your presence in every situation. Help me to accept responsibility and forgiveness when I am wrong. Help me to extend Your forgiveness when I am not.