Chores in our household were a regular thing. Each month the tasks were divided out amongst three reluctant kids and then it was rotated to one of the other siblings the next month. We wanted them to learn skills, responsibility, work ethic (it had to be done to their best ability at the time) and get better as they got older. So, was our thought process, if they still lived in the house they could still do better - lol. They in turn would call out how mean and harsh we were to enforce suffering upon their poor little souls. Oh, the hardship of washing and putting away dishes (how dare they eat), vacuuming, taking out the trash, cleaning up the bathroom, and the unending supply of cleaning up dog messes. Woe is me and you’ll understand it when your older, I would hope for the best as they grumbled away in frustration with the list. But they knew. Somewhere, deep down, they knew that our love for them was beyond what they could understand and what we put over them was for their best intensions.
We all want the best for our children, and we can only hope that what and how they experience things when they are young, will shape them into loving, caring adults that bring glory to God and help shape them for the good of humanity.
Isaiah 53:10, “Yet it was the Lords’ will to crush him and cause him to suffer”.
I’m thinking, that’s a bit extreme and harsh from God. But, know that God saw the bigger picture and desire for his children. There was no other way. Can you see how much Christ loved us! Willing to bear the horrific death for the bigger picture. We could not put him in our stead, but he put himself there. He made himself subject to death, which to us is the wages of our sin. Christ’s love for us is so intense that He will not commit the care of his family to any other. Christ knew and trusted that the will of the Father knew the greater outcome of what He was having to endure.
That is great love! Love so much more than the action itself. Love that pours itself out for the greater good.
Do you realize that God not only had mercy and pity upon us but graced us? If God has so poured out His grace on our lives through His death, then we need to trust Him for the way He cares for our lives even if it requires suffering and death.
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