Monday, February 25, 2008

Reason to Reason

I have a coworker who occasionally tries to stop smoking as evidenced by “Don’t Smoke” post it notes around her desk and in her car. For me, when I want to break a habit, I try not to think about anything related to the craving. Many times, I find God has removed my temptation when I trust Him enough to take care of the stronghold. Perhaps it is when I finally surrender, admitting I cannot stop the habit on my own, when my demonstration of faith and dependence on Christ takes over. Real danger comes when I minimize my weakness, ignore my conscience, and try fighting the battle myself. However, doesn’t God want us to let go of our sin once we sincerely repent? Just admit the wrongdoing, vow not to do it again and move on? I have trouble with that – maybe it is because I analyze everything (including why I analyze everything) and want to know why. Sure, the comfortable way would be to act as if it never happened. Like when I earned a bad grade in school and embarrassingly hid the paper without looking at what I did wrong. Is that learning? Is that growth? Isaiah 1:18 says, 18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. The Contemporary English Version says I, the LORD, invite you to come and talk it over…” I love that about God! He does not just give a list of “no’s”, He tells why the answer is “no”, (which always involves our best interest) and wants us to discuss our reasoning. He wants a relationship with us more than a dictatorship, sitting on His throne, telling us what to do and punishing us when we fail. He wants us… all of us – even the ‘why’s?”.

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