Day 140

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Psalms 79-82

Marianne Bassford, MOPS

Desolation, misery and backsliding– What an uplifting way to start the day! That about sums up the people of the Old Testament; wait, are we really any different?

Here’s a MOPS-themed parable that demonstrates the cyclical nature of the human heart.

A toddler, a mom and a Grandma approach a revolving door. The toddler runs off at a full tilt into the spinning doors laughing and delighting in the adventure. The mom sprints into the next section franticly shouting to the child, “STOP!” The child laughs, all the more thrilled by the chase, adding to the stress of the mom. The pint-sized rebel soon tires. She dizzily ejects like a spinning top and crashes right into the waiting Gran. The mom now in tears, stumbles out of this crazy orbit as well, into the solid arms of the waiting Gran. This wise patient all-knowing Grandma then gently guides them both out a different door.

The toddler and the mom represent the conflicting duality of our hearts and minds. The child is the part of us that runs off disregarding danger and all that we know as true. The mom represents the part of our minds that knows what is right and true but never seems to be one step ahead of our impulses that drive us to sin.

Paul thoroughly and candidly addresses this pattern in Romans 7, specifically in verse 19: “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
The Gran, as you may have guessed, represents God.
Isaiah 40:11says, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

So how do we avoid the revolving doors of sin and distraction?
Romans 8:24-25 tells us. “Who will rescue me {us} from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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4 responses »

  1. Lord, Your command seems so simple. “Follow Me.” The rewards and benefits are evident. So why is my wandering heart so drawn to all the little gods. I love the picture of the story above. So often I have been hurled from that revolving door of my self-fulfilling choices into Your SOLID ARMS!
    Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing love, Your limitless grace and Your heart of mercy. There is no one or nothing that compares to YOU! Thank You that You never give up leading me in Your way, no matter how many times I have to re-trace my steps.

  2. Marianne, I LOVE your illustration! It’s such a clear illustration of these verses:

    Romans 7:23-25
    “It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

    I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

    The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

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