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LEGACY REBORN

A co-worker recently observed “maybe some people’s legacy is to only show to the world how not to live.” Like our Proverb today, “a scorner (or mocker) seeks wisdom but finds none.”  Before we go all reflective on the jerks we know, let’s reflect on ourself - how we live and see our legacy. Is there hope for the mocker?

Look at Gideon’s legacy. Threshing his grain in a winepress to hide from national enemies, he is desperate. He declares God is at fault. He scorns God. But the next word is “Then” in Judges 6:11. The Lord visits Gideon and tells him “the Lord is with you” and “go in the strength you have.” God is patient with Gideon’s multiple tests. God uses Gideon to save the nation. God changes Gideon’s legacy.

Look at Jesus. In Luke 22-23, He is before the Jewish council. Peter has betrayed Him and left. They are beating Jesus and definitely mocking His legacy. Twice Jesus answers questions about Himself. The Council shouts “are you claiming to be the Son of God?” Jesus replies “You say that I am.” And later to Pilate, Jesus is asked, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus replies “You have said it.” Again is there still hope for these mockers? They both must answer in their minds or hearts what they asked. “Did I just speak the truth about Jesus?” “But do I, or could I, ever call Him my Messiah?” Jesus’ legacy as Son of God is certainly intact. It pains me to think, what about the council, what about Pilate?

This season as we celebrate a Risen Lord, reflect on the Gideon in each of us. “If you are all You say You are, please help me.” The Lord is with you - go in the strength you have. Then reflect on Luke’s passage. Jesus asks each of us, “What do you say about Me?” “Who am I to you?”

Jesus, You are my Savior, my Lord, my Advocate, my High Priest, my best Counselor…  And I truly believe that testimony. Let me tell about You to my council, to my Pilate.

Be amazed. There is hope for the mocker. Legacies are reborn.

 

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GOD'S PROVISION (PSALM 31:1-8)

Psalm 94

The Lord Will Not Forsake His People

94 O Lord, God of vengeance,     O God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth;     repay to the proud what they deserve! O Lord, how long shall the wicked,     how long shall the wicked exult? They pour out their arrogant words;     all the evildoers boast. They crush your people, O Lord,     and afflict your heritage. They kill the widow and the sojourner,     and murder the fatherless; and they say, “The Lord does not see;     the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

Understand, O dullest of the people!           Fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? 10 He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? He who teaches man knowledge— 11     the Lord—knows the thoughts of man,     that they are but a breath.[a]

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,     and whom you teach out of your law, 13 to give him rest from days of trouble,     until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;     he will not abandon his heritage; 15 for justice will return to the righteous,     and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?     Who stands up for me against evildoers? 17 If the Lord had not been my help,     my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”     your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. 19 When the cares of my heart are many,     your consolations cheer my soul. 20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,     those who frame[b] injustice by statute? 21 They band together against the life of the righteous     and condemn the innocent to death.[c] 22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,     and my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He will bring back on them their iniquity     and wipe them out for their wickedness;     the Lord our God will wipe them out.

This chapter in Psalms is so rich and powerful. In it we see David struggling, just as we do, with the Lord’s timing, but we also see his faith in the midst of that struggle. In spite of his questioning, David is sure of the end result and God’s ultimate salvation. This pattern is repeated in many of David’s Psalms and I think they all serve as excellent reminders to us of how we should look at, think about, and respond to hardships and uncertainty. There is nothing wrong with crying out to God in confusion or frustration, but we should never let that cloud our confidence in God’s goodness and power.

Verses 16 through 23 should be the final blow to our anxiety. It is a shout of thanksgiving for what the Lord HAS done, what the Lord IS doing, and what the Lord WILL do. “your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up,” “your consolations cheer my soul,” “The Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge,” and “He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the Lord our God will wipe them out.” Whenever we struggle we can look back on how God has demonstrated His power and faithfulness in the past, we can look at how He demonstrates it in our lives today, and we can confidently look forward to the completion of His promises in His perfect timing.

We serve an all-powerful God who will never fail us and who always follows through on His promises. Why should we worry!

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