At various stages in my life I have held different roles. Among others, I have been a parent to children living at home, a teacher and an administrator. Chances are good that you have worn different hats, too, and can remember times when you have arrived to discover employees wasting time, students goofing off, or chores undone and siblings squabbling. What were the excuses offered, or have we in similar circumstances offered, for the failure to abide by the rules when we think the “cat’s away”?
The opening lines of Psalm 14 remind me, on a much grander scale, of those disappointing moments of discovery. Here we find God “down in the dumps” and exasperated with God’s children. Children who are doing nothing right. Petulant children who have closed their eyes, put their fingers in their ears and declared that there is no God. No God and no rules. This is not just disappointing behaviour, it is downrightly foolish.
Does any of this sound familiar? Have you ever had one of those “Who cares?” episodes? Isn’t it a good thing that God consistently believes in and cares about us, even when we’re having one of our “I doubt that God exists” snits?
Dear Lord, help us to remember to give thanks that you are God and we are not. Amen. — CKA