By Caleb Bobrycki
God does the saving, and we do the sinning. If it’s good, it’s God; if it’s bad, it’s us. I am the sinner, and God is the savior. For every grace, there is a darkness; and for every virtue, a vice. It seems that we frail human beings cannot seem to meet grace with a smile, but are always contriving a way to add to God’s precepts, to take what has been sent to us from above and twist it into our own gods. Psalm 105 describes Israel’s history through the perspective of a faithful God; but after that great light is shed, Psalm 106 describes the same, yet with a horrible theme of the rebellion of the people. It’s a great rule of thumb to let the light of the Godhead reveal our own wickedness and confess it back to God. And all this, aside from the daily grind! Oh, what any of us would give to just have one whole day with no stress or wind of change. All of us long to have more strength to face the uncertainty of tomorrow. These forms of darkness and suffering, whether in barking consciences, fear of future sin, or simply tomorrow’s pains and suffering, drive men mad without the hope of the gospel.
After Darkness, Light!
Do we see it reversed once again in the gospel? In Romans 5:15, Paul writes that the free gift is not like the trespass. And continues the thought more elaborately in verse 20: “...but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” So, when light shines, it reveals darkness, yes; and more than that, repels it! The gift of eternal light doubles over on darkness and swallows it up, lest we begin to think that darkness is even close to a match to light!
The Light of a Trinitarian Gospel
My heart has been singing much this week the practical life giving to believers when saved by a Triune God. To point this out as clearly as possible, let me state a vice, then show how it has been demolished in the gospel by each person of the Trinity, and let your soul be ravished by grace on every side:
I pray that we get this. When you see tomorrow (new job, no job, hard test, difficult marriage), the Father is on your side to provide for you, both spiritually and physically. When you see your current sin, Christ is there to intercede in your place. When you see future sin, the Spirit is there, ready to deliver you in the moment. Name your vice, your fear, your darkness, and let the light of the Trinitarian Gospel vanish it all away. I understand, this day, a little more why there are 366 commands in the Bible not to fear: God has promised grace for our souls on every side.
“Provide our daily bread. Forgive our sins. Lead and deliver us. Amen.”