Read: Daniel 5:1-31, 2 Peter 2:1-22, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs 28:19-20
I tremble in fear of you; I stand in awe of your regulations… My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. (Psalm 119:120,123)
Relate: A short while ago I was having one of those free association moments. As I was reading Psalm 119:120 I thought back to the fear and confusion an ant must have had of me. You see, way back when I was a youth pastor in Webster, NY, I was up in the youth room praying when I noticed this really big ant walking by. Right next to this ant was a thumb tack. I did what any guy would do and brought the two together. I missed. Almost. Somehow I had managed to spear only one leg. That poor ant tried to run away but all it could do was run in circles with one leg stuck. I took an unreasonable interest in the ant’s plight, but I did not help it. I simply watched it walk and walk in circles completely unable to get free by its own power.
After reading Psalm 119 when this came to mind I then thought of a scene from the Avengers. Earlier in the movie Fury said to Loki, “We have no quarrel with your people.” Loki responded, “An ant has no quarrel with a boot.” Later on, there was this:
And, of course, this:
React: Like Loki we are in prison. Like the ant, we have been caught in a trap and cannot possibly escape under our own power. We blame God, we blame the devil, we blame others, but really the prison is one of our own making. Like the ant, we walk around hopelessly in circles. Like Loki we have no hope of escape without outside help. I left that ant there that morning more than ten years ago. I went down to my office and was working for hours before going back up to check on it at lunchtime. It was still trapped. It was still walking around in circles. In a rare act of pity, I set it free.
The greatness of God compared to our power is far more than that of an ant and a boot. But He has taken an unreasonable interest in us. In me. He has seen me walking around in circles, trapped, with no hope of escape. He was then willingly pierced so that I can go free. He has seen me imprisoned by my own sins and addictions. He then entered into the prison in my place. But he didn’t stay there. He stole the keys, kicked down the gates, and now I have the opportunity to break out with him. Even though I tremble in fear of a great and powerful God, I also strain to see his rescue. It is a true promise that he has started to fulfill at the cross and will complete at his soon coming return.
Now stop reading and go eat some turkey.