Sunday March 29, 2009
Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Psalm 25:7.
Someone has said youth is a great time for sinning and old age a great time for regretting. Perhaps David our writer for today was, like me, in the latter years of life. As a parallel, it is too easy for us to consider misfortune a punishment for those earlier sins. In fact sin may be enjoyable for a season, but if disaster strikes, or our foolishness becomes uncovered, it can change our attitude towards it instantly. There is always that sense of accountability lurking in the background; we will not get away with it forever.
My personal sickness and surgery tomorrow is the result of sin—sickness and death are the result of sin—but I can’t say I’ve had any direct guilt feelings attached to it. As believers in the atoning work of Christ, there is no fear for the future. Not only has he atoned for our guilt, but he is there to take us through the adversities of life that sin inflicts upon us. I feel at peace, not only in the knowledge that God is good, but also I am the recipient of prayers so many of you that have offered for me.
That’s not to say I’m not somewhat apprehensive about tomorrow. It is more than a trip to the dentist, and I’m not sure how I’ll feel when I wake up, or how I’ll cope when released from hospital about three days later. There are always uncertainties we wonder about. I’m glad to say that my surgery is timed for 7.20 a.m.—no waiting time to speculate! But there will be some waiting time for you as I’ll be out of circulation for a few days. Never-the-less, watch this space for further updates.