Earlier this month I was watching the news. One of the stories was about a man in Fort Worth, TX who went to the top of a billboard sign, stripped naked and commenced to shouting out complaints.
I stood in the doorway of my kitchen, gaping at the TV with my mouth wide opened, as police officers tried to coax the man down. I said to my husband, “If he wanted attention he definitely got it!” I thought about this man a few hours after I saw the report on T.V., wondering what possessed him to do what he did. What was so important that he had to strip naked to get his point across, to get people to listen to him? I laughed as I thought of different scenarios for his rash behavior. Then I asked myself:
Aren’t you glad God doesn’t do that to you?
What if: Every time you sinned against God, ignored His voice and instruction, disobeyed His word, doubted His ability, dismissed His promises, or missed the mark; what if each time, He went atop the highest mountain and began to complain about how inadequate and unworthy you were, just to get your attention, to make you do right?. Can’t you see people gathering at the bottom of the mountain with their hands on their hips, shaking their head pitifully as they said, “Um, um, um, DiAnne Malone is up to her old tricks again.” I know if it were me, God would probably never come down from the mountain. Seems as if I’m always doing something.
But God doesn’t do that to us. He is so gracious and merciful. He doesn’t uncover all of our indiscretions and tell all of our nasty little secrets every time we screw up a plan he has for our lives. He doesn’t shout it from the roof tops when we talk after He says “Be Quiet Beloved.” If anyone should be shouting from the mountain tops it should be us.
What would you shout from the mountain tops as a thankful gesture for what God DIDN’T shout from the roof tops about us? How about one long drawn out Thaaaaank Yaaaa! Not just because He doesn’t uncover us, complain about us, or expose us. Oh no, that’s not enough. We should shout Hallelujah, that in spite of our silly little selves, He’s still so awesomely good to us. He is so good that it doesn’t make any sense. What is man that God is mindful of us? And yet, He crowns us with glory and honor and covers us with His robes of righteousness, even when we do things that make Him want to scream.
So every time you pass a billboard, a high hill, mountain, or even a roof top, be thankful God is not standing up there calling you out. You know He could if He wanted to. But He loves us so much He continues to renew His mercies toward us every single day.
Shouting Thank Yaaaa!