I am currently reading Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction and loving this devotional look at the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) as a way of deepening our relationship, our discipleship if you will, to Jesus Christ. If you aren’t familiar with Eugene Peterson or with the Songs of Ascent, I highly recommend them both.
As I’ve been preparing to lead these retreats on Spiritual Discipline, I have done lots of study on the path of a disciplined disciple. This book is one of those resources. I found this nugget in my morning devotion and it rocked my world. Enjoy!
“The great danger of Christian discipleship is that we should have two religions: a glorious, biblical Sunday gospel that sets us free from the world, that in the cross and resurrection of Christ makes eternity alive in us, a magnificent gospel of Genesis and Romans and Revelation; and, then, an everyday religion that we make do with during the week between time of leaving the world and arriving in heaven. We save the Sunday gospel for the big crises of existence. For the mundane trivialties–the times when our foot slips on a loose stone, or the heat of the sun gets too much for us, or the influence of the moon gets us down–we use the everyday religion of the Reader’s Digest reprint, advice from a friend, an Ann Landers column, the huckstered wisdom of a talk-show celebrity. We practice patent-medicine religion. We know that God created the universe and has accomplished our eternal salvation. But we can’t believe that he condescends to watch the soap opera of our daily trials and tribulations; so we purchase our own remedies for that. To ask him to deal with what troubles us each day is like asking a famous surgeon to poor iodine on a scratch.
But Psalm 121 says that the same faith that works in the big things works in the little things. The God of Genesis 1 who brought light out of darkness is also the God of this day who guards you from every evil. ”
God is not just our guardian in hard times, in crises, in tragedy (like what is happening in Japan right now). He is God in wonder, and happiness, and joy. He is God when little, seemingly insignificant things trouble us, and God when the robin’s song and a sunshiny spring day make our hearts sing. He is the God of the earthquake, and the God of the baby’s giggle. God’s interest in us never waxes….his desire to love and protect us extends to the tiniest hair on your head. Big or small, He is God.