Despite what our culture tells us, morality and God Himself are not found in shades of gray. Fiona shares.
“I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6a).
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Singing years ago, I remember having drummed into me that diction was very important. If I was going to sing, people needed to understand the words I sang.
Looking back to that time I can see how even my spoken diction was a reflection of that teaching. “I talked proper!” Well I liked to think I did. Now I can see how I’ve become lazy in the way I enunciate my speech, not always finishing words crisply.
Words have always seemed important to me–so recognizing that is hard in some ways, because I am not treating those words I appreciate with proper respect.
In church recently we were singing the song, “How Great Is Our God”*, but as I listened to the often unclear diction, it was sounding a little more like “how grey is our God.”
I smiled to myself as my singing teachers (in my head) were reprimanding us so strongly!
Then I began to think about how untrue that is.
God isn’t grey–not some wishy-washy excuse for sitting on the fence and being neither black or white.
I always valued the teaching we had in our church when I was a young person. We had instilled in us how much God loved us. But we were also told–in black and white–what God expected of us and what wasn’t acceptable behavior in His sight. I know that wasn’t the case for many others in my generation.
We have a still small voice in our heads–guiding, comforting, directing, offering insight and wisdom, teaching–the black and white in our lives–that’s God.
Life may be grey for some and maybe political correctness is making things far less black and white–but God doesn’t change.
God is great and He is our God.
Prayer: Father God, You are great–not grey! We thank You for Your Word that sets out what You require of us and for Your still small voice that guides us when we need to know what we should do. When our lives feel very grey because of illness, help us to know that they can still be great, in relationship with You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He continues to teach her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. She has been writing devotionals for Rest Ministries for a number of years. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When pain or sickness clouds your life making it seem very grey–does God stand out as being anything but grey?
Can you sing with me, “How GREAT Is Our God” with Chris Tomlin?