Saturday, October 29, 2016

Running for Dear Life

“God! God! I am running to you for dear life; the chase is wild. If they catch me, I’m finished: ripped to shreds by foes fierce as lions, dragged into the forest and left unlooked for, unremembered.”  --Psalm 7:1-2 (The Message)

Lexi derives from herding dogs. Rottweilers and Australian Cattle Dogs (Lexi’s a Rottweiler-ACD mix) were bred to herd and guard cattle. Lexi isn’t a hunter. It isn’t her instinct to stalk and pursue prey, but she does chase squirrels and rabbits when they cross her path. I don’t know what she’d do if she caught one. The psalmist knows what will happen if he is caught: “If they catch me, I’m finished: ripped to shreds by foes fierce as lions….” He’s being chased by his enemies, whom he compares to wild animals. 2 Peter 2:12 makes a similar comparison: “[False teachers] are nothing but brute beasts, born in the wild, predators on the prowl” (The Message). How do we shake them off? Squirrels scamper up trees; rabbits shimmy under a hedge. Christians run to God. When we are chased, hunted, hounded, pursued, dogged—we run to God for dear life. For the squirrels in our neighborhood, it probably isn’t a life-and-death matter. Lexi tends to sniff things all over rather than sink her teeth in. But it’s a matter of spiritual life for us. Our “dear” life is in Christ.

Dear God, Teach me to run to you for dear life when I am chased, hunted, hounded, pursued, or dogged by threats to my faith. Amen

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