A few days ago, I discovered my car had been encased in a block of ice. (Either that or someone replaced my car windows with that bizarre frosted bathroom glass as an early April Fool’s Joke). As I chiseled and chiseled and chiseled and chiseled and then rested, and then continued to chisel, I kept hoping there’d be some other car underneath. Perhaps an Aston Martin? Maybe an Integra? But, alas, it was just my car at the bottom. Maybe next time. But speaking of water in its various forms…
Pretend for a moment that you’re swimming, then suddenly fatigue sets in. Logically you turn to head back to shore and suddenly realize how far you’ve drifted, not even realizing you’d let yourself get that far away. Then, inexplicably, a cramp sets in. The outcome seems dim, but right at that moment, a lifeguard spots you and comes to your aid. Would you secretly hope he would almost die so could save him in return? Would you turn him back, mid-rescue, because you didn’t think you could repay him? Or would you be able to accept that he had done his job, one you’re obviously grateful for and would want to show appreciation of? I mean, he’s saving you, something you want desperately, so why would you tell him, “No, don’t save me,” unless you really didn’t want to live?
At the ACR conference this past November, Chris Reed delivered a whale of a message (appropriate description given all this talk of water, right?) regarding God’s “job” as our savior. One way he described it was like this: “God refusing to save people is like a lifeguard looking at a drowning person and not doing anything about it. It’s not going to happen. Saving people is what He does.”
It’s true. This idea that we can somehow slip too far into sin and disparity that God cannot save us, or will not save us, is basically just you putting a limit on God’s power. It displays either a limited faith, or a complete disregard for what He’s told us time and time again. God tells us, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31, Josh.1, & Hebr. 11) Christ Himself said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28) Paul lays it out even more in-depth:
ROMANS 8:35-42 – NIV
God never leaves us. Our Savior, Jesus, never leaves us. Nothing on this earth can separate us from them. If there is a separation, a time when we’re alone in the waters of life, it is when WE have left. It’s when we’ve swum too far from shore and become susceptible to sin cramps. The good news is, we have something better than a lifeguard on duty at all times, we have a Soul guard – an Almighty God who watches over our physical and spiritual selves all at once.
God saves, it just what He does. We can’t save Him. We can’t return the favor. We have to accept that God is beyond us and this is “what He do”, so enjoy it. Embrace it. Stop feeling inadequate or like you’ve overdrawn from your “savings” account. (Zing!) There’s no tab, no bill, just grace.
So if you’re feeling lost, the only question is: What’s keeping you from calling out to God for help?
Brett “The next time my car’s encased in ice, I’m going to carve it into an Aston Martin myself” Hibbler