The Mess

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Daily Reformation, 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

From the Reformer

There are those who think that the Apostle intended here to exalt the dignity of our future blessedness, and by this proof, because all things look for it with ardent desire; not only the irrational parts of creation, but we also who have been regenerated by the Spirit of God. This view is indeed capable of being defended, but there seems to me to be a comparison here between the greater and the less; as though he said, “The excellency of our glory is of such importance even to the very elements, which are destitute of mind and reason, that they burn with a certain kind of desire for it; how much more it behoves us, who have been illuminated by the Spirit of God, to aspire and strive with firmness of hope and with ardour of desire, after the attainment of so great a benefit.” And he requires that there should be a feeling of two kinds in the faithful: that being burdened with the sense of their present misery, they are to groan; and that notwithstanding they are to wait patiently for their deliverance; for he would have them to be raised up with the expectation of their future blessedness, and by an elevation of mind to overcome all their present miseries, while they consider not what they are now, but what they are to be.

—John Calvin, Commentary on Romans (8:23)

Pulling It Together

The children busied themselves one Saturday morning, making coffee, orange juice, pancakes, cereal, toast, and eggs. They were doing this because they loved their parents and wanted to serve them breakfast in bed, allowing them to sleep in. The four children served the feast on trays with flowers from the garden. Of course the mother and father were blessed with their children’s intentions. Yet surely the children had not given them what they really desired, that being permitted to really sleep instead of being awakened by the din in the kitchen and the mess left by the youngsters in the kitchen.

God’s children also get it in their minds what they want to do for him. However, the question rarely ever occurs, “Is this what God desires or is it just something I want to do?” All God ever wanted was to walk with his children in the cool of the garden. Yet this was not enough and Adam grew impatient waiting on God and found other things to occupy his time than thoughts of his creator. All the Lord wanted to do was walk with his children and provide for them but David had better ideas, wanting to put God in a fixed house like other gods. All God wants to do is walk with us in this dwelling of the human heart but we want to do other things, not having the patience to wait with him for his bidding, his will, his timing. Oh, what a mess is left for God to clean up.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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