A lesson from a gun

“…he remembers that we are dust.”
Psalm 103:14 (NIV)

I well recall in the dining room of the farmhouse where my father grew up there was a gun rack with a number of rifles and shotguns neatly mounted in it. I was mesmerised by the weapons. I had been well taught that I was not allowed to touch them. They were unloaded in the house of course but the ammunition was safely stored nearby.

Occasionally the men would take one or another of the guns out, load it, and do target practice. I loved being with them as a boy to watch them hit the targets—usually an old tin can. The gun would roar, an orange flame would lick out the end of the barrel and often a smoke ring would be seen at the end of the barrel of the gun. Then the target would disintegrate as the bullet hit it.

One day I asked my father if I could fire his Piper 10 gauge double barrel shotgun. I loved it and wanted to try it out. I was about 10-11 years old at the time. Wisely my father denied me the pleasure. Had he let me try to fire that brute of a gun I would likely have dislocated or else broken my shoulder. It fired with a tremendous kick back at the hunter’s shoulder. As a boy, I was no match for that weapon and my Dad knew it.

It is a blessing to have a father who treats us with regard to our limitations and weakness. I had such an earthly father for over 40 years and still have a heavenly Father Who acts in consideration of my frailty. This is just what our verse today is getting at.

Perhaps today you have discovered that your pledge of allegiance to Jesus was broken when you did not speak for Him at an opportune time. Or else that habit you forsook to follow Jesus came back with a vengeance. You may have found yourself in a place you used to frequent before you met Jesus.

However you stumble in life, remember that this Jesus knows all about your limitations, and He takes them into account in dealing with you. No child of God needs to fear when they have need of returning to the Lord from whom they have wandered. Jesus makes the way back into the presence of our heavenly Father an easy road to travel.

I encourage anyone who reads this message to keep in mind that your Creator is very mindful of your limitations and will not put obstacles in the way to cause you to stumble as you return to Him.

If you are a follower of Jesus and you have wandered off somehow you will find that the good Shepherd comes after you to return you to the right way. You are never left to your own resources Christian—as you seek to return to your God. In Psalm 61:2 (NIV) we read,

“From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” 

Is it time for you to call out and ask for the certain mercies of your God?

“Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.”
Isaiah 55:3 (NIV)

Consider His gentle manner with the lowly and take heart. He is coming to you, run and meet Him. From the place of sorrow run and find joy in His presence today.

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