MUSINGS – April 13 2018
WHAT MORE COULD I HAVE DONE?*
Let me tell you a story of a head-strong, self-willed child. Before she could walk, she climbed into the couch and turned the dial on the thermostat. We had hot water heat, so by the time we noticed how warm it was becoming and adjusted the thermostat, it took an hour or so to cool down.
A couple days later I saw her on the couch and at the thermostat again. I took her down and in my sternest father voice, said, “NO!” she immediately went back to the dial. I took her down, swated her hand and repeated the NO. Once again the went back to it. I took her down, swatted her bottom and said, “No.” Right back up to it she went once more. I have up and moved the couch.
“When you didn’t know God, you were slaves to things which are really not gods at all. But now you know God, or rather, God knows you. So how can you turn back again to the powerless and bankrupt principles of this world? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again? You religiously observe days, months, seasons, and years! I’m afraid for you. Maybe the hard work I spent on you has been wasted.”
Does Paul sound frustrated to you? He does to me. It is the frustration of the parent, preacher, teacher, or leader who had done all that they can to make sure those in their charge are following their lead. God*, Moses**, and Jesus*** certainly have felt this frustration.
As leaders, what more can we do to train up our people in the proper way? What can we as followers do to ease the frustration of our LORD.
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