Beyond the Weekend

February 18 | Ugliness

February 18, 2015

Text: Psalm 12

In rejecting dependence on God (though in no way escaping from it) people choose a far more costly dependency—on themselves and their own resources. In seeking autonomy, freedom, and power, they only forge new chains. John H. Walton, Genesis, p.217.

Rippling through the ages with the force of a tsunami, Adam and Eve’s choice to reject God (Genesis 3) impacts every moment of our lives. There’s no situation, relationship, or thought that doesn’t reflect—in some twisted way—the effects of their decision to disobey their Creator. The ugliness we see and experience, the “chains” we all wear, results from their choice to say “No” to God.

Observing the ugliness around us—and in us (Romans 3.23)—we identify with a lamenting King David, “Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race” (Psalm 12.1).

Today, as you quiet your heart, use Psalm 12 as a preface to a time of confession. Confess (agree with God) those parts of your life that fall short of God’s righteous standard. Claim his forgiveness as you open your hands and say, “Yes” to God.

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