“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”
Matthew 23: 37
Last week, we had to ground one of our chicks. It is never fun to have to discipline although it is necessary. More often than not, the mode of discipline seems to punish the parent more than the child. Funny how that works.
There was a moment earlier this week, when I was thinking about our course of action and I felt so grieved. I want to pour out blessings and privileges to my children. I want them to walk in the fullness of life and not in a narrow and confined existence. Then God’s words that are written above echoed in my mind. But this time the words I heard were:
“Helen, Helen, how often I have wanted to gather you and your children to myself as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing, but you were not willing.”
I had to stop and confess to the Lord that I too have strayed at times. I have not allowed myself to experience all the privileges and blessings that God has for me because I have been unwilling or allowed my own “stuff” to get in the way or I just plain sinned.
God has so much for me…He wants me to soar but because of my nature I remain grounded…sometimes intentionally and other times unconsciously.
Today and everyday, I want to ask God where am I unwilling? When am I not allowing Him to gather me under His wings…it’s the perfect and most safe place to be. I want to remain under His covering and in His presence. What in my life is not like His? Am I leading or following?
Am I striving against Him or am I yielding? Am I talking too much or am I listening?
Put your name in the place of Jerusalem and allow your Redeemer to show you where you have been unwilling to follow or believe Him. What a tender Savior we have that cries out to us with such emotion and longing…He wants our joy to be full. This verse could be described as “tough love”. Jesus declares His love and care for His people but He lets them know that there will be consequences to their actions. The next verse says that “their house is left desolate.” Let the Lord speak to you but don’t allow yourself to leave His presence without knowing that He loves you and His desire is not for you to reside in desolation meaning literally a “wreak”, “abandoned” or “uninhabited”. He wants our lives to be crammed full of Himself which encompasses all blessing and wholeness. Take the tough with the tender but don’t just camp on one or the other…
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Ahhh…that harvest of righteousness and peace sounds like anything but desolation!
Be of good courage,