Psa. 120:6,7 The Message – My whole life lived camping among quarreling neighbors. I’m all for peace, but the minute I tell them so, they go to war!
Have you had enough? Are you tired of the promises of the world that always turn up empty? You know what I mean; the empty promises of a political candidate that turn into the same old same old after election. Then there are the expectations of the right guy or girl for happily ever after that somehow seems to crash and burn into unrealized expectations. Or how about the joy promised by partying, or the safety and security of financial gain? You get the idea, the expectations of the world never seem to pan out. If you are finally fed up with the blah, blah, blah of unfulfilled hopes then you are a candidate for a different kind of life. Maybe you are finally ready for the One Who is called faithful and true whose words are steadfast and sure. What does it take? It takes a willingness to walk away from the false promises of this world into the journey that multitudes of pilgrims have walked before. The future is shrouded but is shining bright in the hand of the Lord. Here are some comments from Eugene Peterson, translator of the Message, on this verse.
“A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. As long as we think the next election might eliminate crime and establish justice or another scientific breakthrough might save the environment or another pay raise might push us over the edge of anxiety into a life of tranquillity, we are not likely to risk the arduous uncertainties of the life of faith. A person has to get fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she, acquires an appetite for the world of grace.”
So what is it? Are you fed up or will you try another shot at chasing shadows? Are you still waiting around for Eugene O’Neill’s iceman or looking for Don Quixote’s windmills? Or maybe you, like Abraham, are looking for that unseen city whose builder and maker is God. If you are ready there is no time like the present, throw all those pipe dreams in the trash and turn your eyes to the One Who chases away all shadows. Before you know it you too will be on the road to the Celestial City.