Readings: Psalm 32, I John 1:8-2:2, John 8:31-36
What’s Your Problem?
Our daughter that teaches in Oregon had to sub for the principal one day. A kindergartener came in who was accused of stealing something from the nurse’s office. She asked him if he knew why he was there. “Yes, we have a problem,” he said quietly. She affirmed that. “Can you tell me what happened?” she asked. The little guy was obviously relieved and said, “I’m glad you heard about it. I know it’s serious. Nobody ever chooses me to be team leader in PE. It’s a big problem for me.” Big sigh. Stephanie tried not to smile and told him that wasn’t the problem that got him to the principal’s office. Similarly, I feel like that’s my attitude in prayer sometimes. “You know, Lord, this is a big problem for me. I’m glad you are taking my side and are going to fix this.” I whine a little and sigh for effect. Then God says, probably smiling, That’s not your problem. The little guy didn’t really steal anything, he just played with something that wasn’t his and then accidentally lost it behind the nurse’s refrigerator. He didn’t tell anyone until Stephanie asked about it. It didn’t seem like the real problem. So, I say, “Well, it wasn’t really a sin…I didn’t steal anything. You’re saying I’m hiding something that shouldn’t be hidden? Holding back something that should be admitted? I don’t think that’s the real problem.” As a result, the Lord Almighty says, Grow up! What are you, a kindergartener? Haha, really He might say something like, Be honest and give Me your heart and give Me your truth. I’ll exchange them for My heart and My truth. After that, I pray with David in Psalm 51, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” To sum up, we pray from Psalm 32, “I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ – and you forgave the guilt of my sin…You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Amen! ~Tracy