Grandmommy always brought cheap soap; four bars in a bag for one dollar. I had only used it to wash my hands. One day I took a bath using the soap in the bag. The pain from itching was quick and severe. Immediately, I rinsed off, got out of the tub and complained, loudly. “Grandmommy, why do you buy cheap soap? Mommy buys IVORY, and it never itches me. This cheap soap hurts.” While drying dishes, never looking at me, she said, “There is nothing wrong with the soap. You started rubbing and disturbed the dirt.”
Grandmommy’s soap reminds me of challenging commandments from the Word of God:
“…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you… (see Matthew 5:44). –“God, I must do this for someone who lies to me?”
“Fret not thyself because of evil-doers…”(see Psalms 37:1a). –“God, I am struggling to pay my rent and devious people have overflowing bank accounts.”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (see Matthew 28:19). –“I don’t know how; People will reject me.”
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (see Hebrews 13:2). –“I’m not prejudice, but they are too different.”
“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals” (see I Corinthians 15:33). –“But God, D’s been my friend since forever.”
We love the Word of God. Psalms and Proverbs contain scriptures that sound, feel and taste good to us. The Old Testament stories are often entertaining. But, have we been glossing over the more challenging verses from the Major and Minor Prophets? Do we pick the verses in the Gospels and the Pauline Epistles that uplift our spirit while ignoring the rest? Do we breeze through Hebrews and The Book of Revelation? The mature and the honest will admit to picking IVORY soap over Grandmommy’s soap from time to time. It feels much better.
So, we need to keep rubbing and disturbing all the contrary issues in our lives with the full Word of God, even though sometimes that more than itches.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking to my heart. Help me to stay reminded to hear and receive all of your Word, Your full counsel, in order to live and grow. In Jesus name, Amen.