Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Wise Man Overlooks an Offense.....
I was reading my Bible the other morning and noticed a common theme - repetition. Every other sentence I read was punctuated with "because I am God". Proverbs is notorious for repeating the same wisdom over and over and over. The New Testament echos the Old Testament. Biblical truth is presented repeatedly, in different books, using different words, sometimes straightforward and other times in parables, but, inevitably, over and over and over again.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed my frustration rising as I said to one of my children "A wise man overlooks an offense", for the 180th time! When Sir Knight came home, I poured a cup of tea, exhaled a sigh of relief and proceeded to share my frustration at having to repeat myself endlessly. "I'm afraid, perhaps, our children have brain damage" I told him. "I tell them the same thing every day, 5 times a day, and they just don't seem to get it - I tell them flat out, I tell them stories, I lead them through their choices to the logical outcome and they still don't get it! They just keep doing the same things!" And then it hit me - the Bible does the exact same thing!
I tell my children the same thing, every day, because I love them and I want to equip them to run their race and win. Over and over I give them the principles of a Godly life - and, often, they don't listen. God reveals His will for his children over and over and over. Ultimately, I think God knows we are a little stupid. We have to be told the same thing multiple times in numerous ways, repeatedly, before that little light bulb goes off and we say "Hey, I get it!".
God is so faithful. He walks us by the hand, patiently telling us again and again what is for our best. He knows that we are a stiff-necked people and so, He keeps talking. And I must keep talking with my children. Day in and day out, I must speak truth into their lives. I must tell it to them plainly and in stories. Over and over and over again, even when I don't think they are listening......
We have an advent calendar that counts down the days until Christmas. The younger children excitedly open their door every morning and place their piece on the nativity. Yesterday, Princess Dragon Snack opened her door to find a Wise Man. "Oh, look Master Calvin, I got a Wise Man" Princess Dragon Snack squealed. "What's a Wise Man" asked Master Calvin. "A Wise Man overlooks an offense" said Princess Dragon Snack, matter-of-factly, "but other people can too".
So, I guess the Bible is on to something. Tell your children when they rise up, when they sit down, when you are walking on the way - they will rise up and call you blessed.