When God Stoops DownPosted: November 18, 2010
I saw God today.
I was writing the letter to Pops. He has been sick and still clings to the notion that he is not good enough for God.
We’re afraid his time is running out.
We urge him in spirit to embrace the Grace of Jesus.
Then it hits me, this God-knowledge…that the gift of the van to us was not just for us, not even primarily for our needs, but for his.
His need to hear affirmation. His need to receive honor. His need to know God doesn’t hate him.
For wasn’t it the kindness of God that led the men of Jabesh-Gilead to do what they did?
A fallen King, one who had chosen foolishly and reaped the consequences of those fool choices and paid dearly. One who had lost all honor and dignity. One who had lost courage, a tragedy indeed.
“Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men rose and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. They took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh and fasted seven days.” I Samuel 31:11-13
Risked their lives for a loser, and a dead one at that.
It’s called honor. It’s an act of kindness.
“May you be blessed of the Lord,” David told them, “because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord, and have buried him.”
God’s lovingkindness bestows honor…and it does not rest on the character, conduct, or response of the recipient. (See Matt 5:43-48)
Pops needs to see God’s lovingkindness. The van for us was the abundance…the words of esteem from a stranger is the kindness of God to a man who doesn’t know Him.
Like I said, I saw God.