Psalm: 97, 99
Old Testament: Jeremiah 17:19-27
New Testament: Romans 7:13-25

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 8:21-25)

I recently listened to a sermon that made a very important point about Scripture. Oftentimes, we assume that we are reading and interpreting the Word of God…without realizing that sometimes, the Word reads and interprets us.

Here in Romans, Paul talks about his will to do the right thing. His mind and heart are in the right place, but the power of sin and the flesh force him to do something different.

While this could be seen as an excuse to behave badly….but I don’t think that’s what is being pointed to here. Rather, I would say that the Apostle to the Gentiles shows his incredible humanity.

There are many times in my life when I have started to do something with the best of intentions…only to fall flat on my ass. 😦

My own greed and want for attention and love always mitigates how fully I can love others. My desire to get ahead always overshadows my concern for those who are less fortunate. I am held back by sin.

We need someone to rescue us. We need someone to point us in the right direction, and we need someone to clear our vision. Save us Lord, for your mercy is great. +