June 4, 2016

Psalm 9:20 Let the nations know they are but men.

This brief little snippet of a prayer is actually of great importance. The thing is, mankind is all too prone to forget that they are simply human. Today we have active work on “man-machine interfaces” and “artificial intelligence,” attempting to transcend the boundaries of what it means to be human, but none of that changes the fundamental reality that we are mortal. We were created to be eternal but our physical beings are manifestly mortal, however much we try to change that or simply ignore it. We love “super heroes,” because we would like to be that way ourselves, but in the process we overlook the only true super hero who has ever lived: Jesus Christ. After His resurrection He walked through locked doors and levitated up into the sky, and even before that He walked on water and performed numerous miracles. He was fully human, but He was manifestly not just human. The thing is, we can be in Him by faith and obedience, and if we do that, we have the assurance that we will be like Him. (1 John 3:2) For that to happen, we have to first realize that apart from Him we can do nothing, (John 15:5) because in ourselves we are no more than human. Praying this prayer for the nations is actually praying God’s best for them, because He desires that everyone repent and believe for their salvation.

I have certainly had my times of superhuman fantasies, but I have come to realize that what I have in Christ is far better than anything I could imagine. There are times when I chafe at being “just human,” so I have to remember that I belong to Him who is genuinely, authentically divine. As He told Paul, His power is manifested most perfectly in our weakness, (2 Corinthians 12:9) so I need to be satisfied with that and rest, relax, and rejoice in Him, just as He has told me to. I am not to go around telling people, “You’re no more than human,” but I am to pray for God to reveal that to their spirits by His Spirit, and keep myself ready and available to share the Gospel with them when their hearts are ready.

Father, thank You for Your incredible mercy on us all. In our humanity we defy You all too often. I pray that more and more people would indeed repent and believe, receiving Your salvation and entering Your family as Your children, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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