How do you rescue a drowning person who doesn’t want to be saved…. sometimes the victim will even fight the person trying to help them. Rationality is not always at the top of the thinking process. When we’re in trouble we don’t always like the “way out” that’s proposed. We may want to eliminate the pain or discomfort or turmoil, but on our own terms. Maybe the price to pay is too high in our own mind and we don’t want to pay it. Is the cure going to be harder than the disease?
A key to eliminating a problem is a willingness to “take our medicine”. Am I willing to do what’s necessary to get rid of the problem. If not, things won’t work out.
The readings from the church as we enter Lent is similar to the instructions from a doctor who has just diagnosed a sick patient…. “the condition you have is serious and it demands some very particular treatment”.
- Step number one…. admit that we have a problem, and it’s called sin. ”I’m a sinner….”cleanse me from my sin…. my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. (Ps. 51:1-4)
- Step two …. listen to the Lord…. “Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments….return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. (Joel 2:12-13)
Well, let’s open our eyes and ears to the direction from the doctor. He wants to help us. If we want to be healed and delivered from the sickness of sin, the Lord will help us. It may involve some discomfort and even pain, but the end result will be joy and peace and healing. Lent is a great time to visit the doctor and be healed.