August 26, 2021

God Carries Us

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.
Psalm 28:9
In any group project—whether in school, at work, or even at church—there's a danger that one person is so much more competent or industrious than the others, that they end up carrying in the group. This means that, whatever the final result, it's much more due to the work of one individual than it should be. This is not a good human dynamic. It doesn't lead to equitable relationships. But it does sometimes lead to resentment.
In the relationship between God and mortals, God always ends up carrying us. This doesn't mean we're just passive participants in our own life: God gives us work to do and the gifts, intelligence, and agency to get it done. But we'll always need God's help to do it, and it's never a bad thing to lean on the Almighty. 
For all our inconsistencies and weaknesses, God chose us. When we make mistakes, God forgives us. When we fail, God lifts us up. When we can't, God can. Maybe we don't like it when we need to carry others. But God carries us gladly. 

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
 1 Peter 2:9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O thou who indwellest in our poor and shabby human life, lifting it now and then above the dominance of animal passion and greed, allowing it to shine with the borrowed lights of love and joy and peace, and making it a mirror of the beauties of a world unseen: Grant that my part in the world's life today may not be to obscure the splendor of thy presence but rather to make it more plainly visible to the eyes of my neighbors.
 John Baillie
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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