Hearing the Miraculous Song!

The Island City of Tyre

The Island City of Tyre

“In the pride of your heart  you say, ‘I am a god;’

Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god…You will be but a mortal, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you.”  (Ez 28:1, 6, 9)

Of course I wouldn’t say, “I am a God.”  But as I look at the struggles in my heart right now, I see that I am anxious.  I think it is up to me to fix everything.  I try to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.  It’s a pride problem.

I struggle with giving to “the least of these.”  I want to qualify my sacrifice for others — who I give to, when it’s convenient to give.  Another pride problem.

Lately I am having problems with a chemical imbalance of some sort at times.  Paul said, “to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh.”  (II Cor 12:7) Maybe God allows me to have this  challenges in the flesh as a pride solution!  I surely do need to remember to be humble!

Pride can be a very scary thing.  The verse I started the blog with is from Ezekiel 28.  It is about Tyre.  Here is what Jesus said about Tyre, after he had sent the 72 out to proclaim the good news and they were rejected by the Jewish cities:

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.”  Luke 10:13

In Ezekiel 28, Tyre was the most prideful of prideful dogs!  The way she was described, it is hard to imagine that another city could be more prideful.  Yet even she was not as prideful as the Jewish cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida.  If she had seen the miracles they saw, she would have repented.  They could not see the miracles, or the significance of them.   They did not repent!  Their hearts were so hard.

We need to see the miracles that are happening all around us — the miracle of answered prayer.  the miracle of being in God’s grace, the miracle of changed hearts, the miracle of insight, and many others.

Instead, I want more, more, more!  I look at what I still want to change, at the prayers that still need to be answered.  I miss the “surpassing great revelations” God is giving me.  Is this hardening my heart?  Do I take the miracles for granted?

Is there a relationship between acknowledging the miraculous work of God and repentance?  Does having the heart of a child, that I am in wonder at each act of God, help me to serve him better?  For sure!  As Jesus goes on to say in the parallel version of this verse in Matt. 11:25, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”

And Jesus precedes his indictment in Matthew of the Jewish towns with this illustration:

To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:  ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’”  Matt 11:15-17

What song is God playing for me?  Let me have ears to hear.  Let me not be deafened by my frustrations, by my anxieties.  Let me dance with praise as I see God working throughout the day, and may this help me to be more of the person I need to be.

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2 responses to “Hearing the Miraculous Song!

  1. Why GOD?
    I am faced with a problem. Its’ not human suffering, its’ not the agony of seeing your children hurt, or the destruction of a marriage, or the ache of physical pain. It’s the feeling of lost-ness, helplessness, and sadness. The dissolution of a dream, the negative answer to a request. (or perhaps the actual positive answer, but we don’t feel like that now). My mind wants to find a reason, that in finding a reason to why things happen it will somehow make the bearing of the situation more palatable. It is no different when the ancients saw a thunderbolt strike and feared that the gods were angry and required a sacrifice. It is no different for the researcher, who worships at the alter of science, looking for the answers to questions that don’t define any ‘known laws’ through their experiments. It is the unknown, the unsaid that scares us. Does God hand out suffering, sadness because of our own sin? The Bible says He disciplines those he loves, and if we do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so it will go well with us (Deuteronomy 6:18). And countless of other scriptures that to some extend lead us to believe doing good equals perceived blessings and that when “bad” Things happen that somehow God must be punishing us. Therefore, we thing we are unacceptable. We need to repent, God is sending us a private message. While this is true at times, there is also another truth stated in God’s word. That suffering is necessary. Any sort of suffering, even the suffering of depression, feelings of hopelessness, the blah’s etc…, will create perseverance and character leading to HOPE. And that the Rain falls on the ungodly and the righteous simultaneously. What are we to make of this? Is God angry or is he not? Is GOD giving us our ‘just deserved’ or is He doing something else? Lately I have been thinking about this, is our desire to find a cause for our troubles just another way to stay in control of our world? I know if feel better when I can define why something happened and what my role was in perhaps creating the necessity for correction by GOD. But is this good? I know that this is how we learn. We make mistakes, and then try to figure out our mistakes and subsequently try to fix said mistake to prevent another mistake… So we treat God’s providence like that too. We look for patterns, and learn to behave in a way we think will allow us to never have to face certain disappointments. I know for me, when if feel bad, I immediately think God is unhappy with me. That God is angry I have displeased him, I must do something to make it up to him, I must repent. Then I look for something in my character that I know is not good, (I don’t have to look hard) and blame it on that. God did not do this, or answered this prayer in the way I think is good, because I am too prideful; or because I am not grateful, or I am not loving, or I am too lazy, or God is trying to show me my ____________. This is a cycle that I go through. Then I try to make it better. Until the next disappointment, usually within the same day. But I am asking…. Is this true? I am starting to feel this is just a falsely pious way of thinking… I am still trying to be the center, I am still trying to be in control. The scientist would scoff at the ancient superstitious person who tries to make sense of this world by blaming phenomenon on the capricious gods of their day. Yet they are not as unalike as they seem to each other. And neither are we. We look to make connections were there may be none. GOD’s mind is not for us to entirely know. Looking at Job one would see that other things are at work as well. Do we really know? Is trying to figure it out all the time truly godly? I am all for introspection, I analyze all things… And God does want us to learn and repent. Yet not everything fits into our neat little box. Sometimes there are no answers this side of eternity. Sometimes we must just feel sad, disappointed, disillusioned, frightened, and confused. Sometimes it may not be about us. This is just a thought.

    • Great thought, Christina. Us control freaks have to keep working on this — quit analyzing, quit trying to make things fit into our box, quit thinking it’s up to us to fix the world. So appreciate you sharing.

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