Isaiah 10:3 – What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?
The Jews were facing a time of reckoning for their bad behavior. Isaiah talks about a day of reckoning for their rebellion against God. It will come in the form of captivity in Babylon. Yet God’s love and mercy has not been left out of the equation. God’s goodness takes occasion from man’s badness to appear so much the more illustrious. Where sin increased, grace increased all the more (Rom. 5:20), and mercy triumphs over judgment (Jam. 2:13).
Today is my “day of reckoning”. It is time for me to weigh-in. I have been fairly good this week with exception of a few bouts with “the monster” and some unwelcome help from some friends. I am hoping for mercy to prevail but the odds are against it… the scales don’t lie.
Some people become ashamed of themselves and will not weigh in. I have to admit that the temptation to skip this meeting is great. But I have to take my lumps. You can’t learn to run if you don’t first learn to walk. And most of us learn so much more from our failures that our victories.
I am always surprised at how much better I feel when I go to meetings. You would think the failure at the scales would be to embarrassing and that I wouldn’t get much out of the meeting that day. But the opposite is true. I meet others that had problems too and I learn that I’m not alone. I celebrate with those that did well and I rekindle my desire to stick with it. I get encouragement and new tools from the leader as she shares what she has learned and encourages us to participate. This is too valuable to pass up.
It’s not always about the number on the scales. Sometimes it’s all about the fellowship of fellow travelers on this journey. Its about taking your lumps and learning from them. Its about cheering for others who have success. It’s about not giving up when the chips are down. It’s about caring for others who need you to be there.
I have a lot to be proud of this week. I got out and did some great exercise. I worked hard this week and got a lot done too. And even though the scales may not reflect it I actually was able to cut a new hole in my belt.
Don’t be afraid of “the day of reckoning”. Use it as an opportunity to share in the community of fellow travelers on this weight-loss journey and to care for others besides yourself.
Dear God, Thank you for my friends who are traveling this road with me. Help me to encourage them, help them and be there for them. Thank you for your love and mercy, In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
“And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.”
― James Frey, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”
― C.S. Lewis