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At our last translation meeting for the NIV, one of the translators shared that he had developed a serious illness, and this devotion came out of that circumstance. He entitled it, “God of the Middle,” or, “God of the Mu” (mu being the middle letter of the Greek alphabet, along with nu). I asked if I could share it with you, and he agreed.
We have an amazing opportunity during this pandemic. We can be a sign to our neighbors of their destruction and our salvation.
Sound harsh? Not really. If someone is headed to any kind of destruction, we would tell them. If someone were wading into a river full of alligators, we would tell them. If a friend were driving recklessly, we would tell them (especially if we’re in the car).
At the same time, when we do the right thing at the right time in the right way — my definition of bravery — people notice.
The Bible tells us to take our anxious worries off our shoulders and place them on God. Easier said than done! It reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live skit with Bob Newhart: “Stop it!”
When difficult times come upon us, God is at work in the midst of the struggle and pain as any loving father would, not necessarily punishing his children but “disciplining” us so that we learn and grow. Yes, sometimes we need to be chastised. Other times we just need to be shaped and molded and directed. The presence of pain does not necessarily indicate the presence of sin. Certainly, the book of Job has removed that disgusting notion from the thinking of any responsible Christian.
How do you measure your worth? Is your dignity based on what you do? And do you judge other people based on what they do, and not who they are? The sixth day of creation shows us that we are uniquely made in the image of God, and our worth, our dignity, does not come from what we do but who God has made us to be.