“By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; my praise is continually of You.” (Psalms 71:6)
The bond between a mother and her children is a rope of bronze that cannot be twisted or bent. She who carried you nine months in the womb will carry you in her heart for a lifetime. She raised, fed, and loved you but she did not form, create, or save you from death. Even bronze can be melted, but our attachment to the Creator is a rock that cannot be destroyed either by heat, cold, or storm.
Every drawing I sketch, every story I write, every painting I paint has a special place in my heart. They're a part of me. Likewise, we reside in an honored spot in God's heart; we are a part of Him. God isn't just our creator, He is our sustainer. If He wasn't continually watching over us, our heart would stop pumping and the world would crash into oblivion. He isn't just a mechanic who fixes the problem then leaves the rest up to the vehicle. He is also the driver who steers the wheel in the right direction, constantly oiling each part to make sure it runs properly.
"For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself." (Galatians 6:3)
You can't become something until you realize you are nothing. Man, without the Lord's restraining power, would descend into the depths of wickedness. You've heard people refer to a man as "good.” His sin might not be as obvious as others, but that does not make him good. You can see dirt but you can't see germs, but germs are more harmful to your health than dirt. You won't find gold dust in a pigsty and you won't find holiness in man.
It is true that not all men are equally bad, and many sinners have done noble things. But one transgression wipes out our good deeds and renders them all worthless.
When a person realizes they are worthless, God changes that worthless junk into a golden medal. Our worth is not found in ourselves, but in Christ. "The best of men have been always the readiest to confess their depravity. The holiest men, the most free from impurity, have always felt it most. He whose garments are the whitest, will best perceive the spots upon them." *
*C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Sermons Volume One (Hendrickson Publishers, 2016), 235.
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