Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Woodpecker

“They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices.” --2 Kings 17:20
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” --Ephesians 5:17

One day when I was walking our dog, I heard and saw a woodpecker drilling at a metal lamp post: tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat. This seemed like a foolish and useless thing to do. Woodpeckers peck at trees to get at insects under the bark. They also drill holes in trees to build their nests. This woodpecker wasn’t going to accomplish either of those things on a metal lamp post. Still it persisted the entire time Lexi and I were at the park. Sometimes on our faith walk we persist in doing foolish and useless things. Maybe we are too willful, or maybe we don’t understand what God’s will is. We should ask ourselves if we are getting results. Surely that woodpecker was not. Giving up a foolish, useless thing is not the same as giving up hope. Our hope is not in ourselves but in God—in his will for us, his goodness, and his grace.

Dear God, Help me not to persist in foolish, useless things when I walk in faith. Amen

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