As I ran a jaundiced eye over my end-of-the-month bank statement, I sighed resignedly. Money in, money out, and minimum interest on [admittedly] a small balance; nostalgically my thoughts drifted to the heady past, when 5% or even 6% was attainable. In our country, we have become reconciled to the rich growing richer, and to the rest of us rumbling along doggedly; big returns require big investments!
Psalm 78, written by the prophet and singer, Asaph, is beautifully crafted, clear-sighted and inspirational; Yahshua quoted from it, too [see v2]. It includes a ‘potted history’ of Israel’s time in the desert, and as I read it recently I was saddened again by the fact that, even though the people were regularly exposed to memories of the results of unfaithfulness, they still grew up to repeat their mistakes and to go astray. The psalm entreats them to remember Yahweh’s wonderful, steadfast grace, and, remembering, to keep faith and covenant with Him.
A major reason for Yahweh’s invariable mercy and endless forgiveness is captured in v39, “For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again.” [NKJV] What a leveller this is! We arrogant humans can be so inebriated with a sense of our own importance that we entirely forget that we are ‘but flesh’ and no more than a passing breeze! We need to take a reality check! Who are we? What do we actually give when we surrender our all? If I am merely a perishable breath, what is there to hold on to? In His gracious love Yahweh asks for a life, and, when given, makes it count in His kingdom. What an extraordinary and massive return for such a small investment!
Yahshua frequently talked about denying ourselves, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me…what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Mark 8:34-37] The purposes of Yahweh are eternal, the outcome of such sacrifice is beyond our imagination, it’s an investment with immeasurable returns, not only in this life, but reaching far into the eternal Kingdom of Yahweh!
For just as each of us has one body with many members...