July 22, 2008

Jeremy's Sins Revealed (Part 1 of Millions)

All too often the Bible seems to speak directly to me. I'll read a passage on a particular day, and that passage will say something that directly relates to a situation or problem I'm dealing with. Ephesians 4:25 and verses 26-27 seem like two different messages that both apply to what I'm currently struggling with.

Verse 25 says, "Having put away falsehood," each of us need to speak the truth with our neighbors. So many times I look at my co-workers and see myself as no different. I don't often look at myself as some one who has "put away falsehood." Most of the time I don't behave in a way that would lead to a chance for someone to hear the truth if I did speak it. Instead I here, "you go to church?" Or, "you're a Christian?" How sad that this is the life I lead and live.

Verses 26-27 say, "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil." Yikes. Since it's "Jeremy's Sins Revealed" day, I have to confess my anger last night. A tailgater actually pushed me to the point of road rage. After riding my bumper for a time, the driver passed me when I entered the left hand turn lane on my route home. As he passed me my blood went nuclear and I pulled in behind him. I gave him a few high beams and honks before turning around and resuming my normal path home. When my wife (who was in a different car ahead of me during initial tailgating) confronted me about my anger, it only fanned the flames. It took her asking me to show her where the Bible talked about my actions being acceptable, for me to realize how off I was. "Be angry and do not sin." I think that's something that humans may have a hard time doing. I definitely did not do last night.

Why does God present passages that directly speak to us. How does a book as long and as large as the Bible directly speaks to me, a sinner born 2000 years after it was written. How? Why? Because God is God. There is one true and Holy God in heaven, in control of all things. God is able to create the universe, and He is able to directly influence me meaningless life of His glory.

Praise God for His Word.