Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 “The Parachute”

“I sent prophet after prophet to you, all of them my servants, to tell you from early morning to late at night to change your life, make a clean break with your evil past and do what is right, to not take up with every Tom, Dick, and Harry of a god that comes down the pike, but settle down and be faithful in this country I gave your ancestors.‘And what do I get from you? Deaf ears.”           (Jeremiah 35: 15- The Message Bible)

Good Morning and a Blessed Monday Everyone!

By now, you are well aware of my affinity for music. Songs speak to my heart and usher me into the praise of the Lord. They also make me feel good. One singer/songwriter I have enjoyed through the years is Don Williams, who some years ago wrote a song called “I Believe In Love.” One verse of the song went like this:

I like to think of God as love
He’s down below, He’s up above
He’s watching people everywhere
He knows who does and doesn’t care.

This is a rather simplistic, but completely accurate description, at least in part, of the Almighty. God really does know who does and doesn’t care. Were Don Williams to have expanded on this reality, perhaps he would have also mentioned that knowing who does and doesn’t care is important to God. God is not aloof concerning our relationship with Him, and neither should we be aloof about it. Caring about God and other people is not a casual thing. Unfortunately, though many people would acknowledge a belief in the Almighty, that does not necessarily translate into loving God heart, soul, mind, and strength. God is more of an afterthought…a security system set up in our physical “home” that we come to rely on if and when trouble should come , but admittedly hoping we never have to use. Christian author C.S. Lewis put it in interesting fashion, writing,

“We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.”  

The word that best describes such an attitude is “Apathetic”. That word literally means “without passion.” To be dispassionate about a passionate God is the same as living a contradictory life. It is akin to chasing after “every Tom, Dick, and Harry of a god that comes down the pike.” A relationship with the One True God is not the same as strapping a parachute to your back, hoping against hope that you never have to avail yourself of it. It is more of attaching yourself to Him and holding on tight when you jump out of the plane….and never letting go. “Make a clean break with your past and do what is right.” Hold on tightly to Him, and know he will never let go of you. Let’s pray!

Mighty Lord; May my love for you and my trust in You grow exponentially each day of my life, as I cling to You, safe in the knowledge that You will never let me go. This I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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