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Letter From Nathan Ekama - June 12, 2020

Letter From Nathan Ekama

June 12, 2020

To whom do you go when you have a problem?

We'd likely answer this question differently depending on what our 'problem' is. If my toilet were leaking, I might call a plumber. If I were dealing with grief or anxiety, I might seek out a counselor. If I were a child, I might run to my parent.

When we clearly see the problem at hand, we can reach out for help and advice. Sometimes though, our problems can creep up without us realizing it; we can get so enmeshed in the situation that it takes something major to shake ourselves into realizing that we need help. Consider the parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-32. It was not until he had hit rock bottom that he came to himself and realized that he had a problem (Luke 15:17).

As we watch the world burn around us - literally in some cases - it can be easy to see others' poor choices and to fancy ourselves as a bit removed from the error of their ways (Luke 18:11). I mean, aren't we in fact Christians, righteous, the very elect of God???

...but we too can have our own problems that creep in without us realizing it. Luke 15:25-32 records the portion of the parable which relates to the 'righteous' son. His problem was not prodigal living and poor life choices like his younger brother, but he did indeed have a problem. His problem was that of an unwillingness to forgive, of having bitterness, and self-righteousness.

As Christians striving to live righteously, it can be easy to see the plight of the world and sigh, cry, and pray for them - almost as if it is an act of benevolence on our part to remember their plight. But this should not be our outlook. Our role as Christians - friends, brothers, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ - requires us to realize that we too have problems which we should be seeking to overcome.

Hopefully, we are not so stubborn or caught up in the problems that others have, only to wake up and realize that we have hit rock bottom and are eating with the pigs.

Hopefully we are taking advantage of the alone time with our Father. Regardless of what is going on around us, we should be redeeming the time. Hopefully, we are running to our Father and beseeching Him for the help we need to overcome our problems. 

I pray that you have a wonderful Sabbath day with your Father, wholly enveloped and enamored by the time that He has set aside to spend with you and me.

Your brother-in-Christ,