I deserve better than this. God knows I deserve more!
I’ve caught myself saying it too often. Maybe you’ve felt it, too. Sometimes it seems you follow all the rules and you just get trampled. Its like Billy Joel used to tell us… “Only the good die young.”
I deserve better than this.
Or do I?
The inspiration for the poem, “The Lord is Faithful” came from a conversation I had once with an acquaintance who had just lost his job. I knew him to be a humble, God-serving Christian man, without a whole lot of slack resources that he could lean on in lean times. His attitude toward his job loss stunned me. He was truly joyful about the extra time to serve those in need! Wow! Where does this unselfish perspective come from?
Whenever, I catch myself thinking: “I deserve more; I deserve better,” I turn to both the Old Testament and the New. 2 Samuel 7:4&6 — “But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.” Matthew 8:20 — “Jesus replied: Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
Do I deserve more than God? I think not!
In His word, God also says that by serving others, we somehow serve Him. Matthew 25:40 — “The King will reply: Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Hebrews 13:2 — “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
The Lord is Faithful
I’ve seen him time and time again,
Scorned by life, ignored by men.
Oft’ I’ve passed him on my way,
But drawn to meet him yesterday.
I’d stop and chat for just a while.
I’d give a dollar; a friendly smile.
Not too long. I shouldn’t stay.
I must be on my busy way.
I gave a twenty and a prideful smile.
I told him, “Make it last a while.”
I shook his hand for a quick depart.
But then. He spoke. Wise and smart.
“I do have worth.
I do have treasure.
Though not on earth,
and hard to measure.
I still have love.
And in my pain,
I’ve found joy.
And in this chaos
I have peace.
I return kindness.
In the midst of bad
I see the good.
Though cast aside,
The Lord is faithful.
In a harsh world,
I remain gentle.
Though often tempted,
I’ve self control.
Though many think that I’m insane,
These attributes of God remain.
Comforted I’m not alone.
For a time, even Jesus had no home.”
© Dr. Phil Bryant, 2012