The Ugly Truth

I wanted to rehit a past proverb today.

Proverbs3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

Something I have been thinking about lately is if I were Jesus, how would I have been wanted to be born into this world? I think I would want to be born into a rich family, that way I could afford all the modern technologies so I could evangelize efficiently. I would have wanted to be good looking, maybe not the best looking, but good enough to be noticed and respected. I would definitely want to be accepted by others. I would want a lot of twitter, facebook, and blog followers. I would want a big church, or at least some sort of central location. And the list goes on.

But you know, that’s not how it was. Jesus was born to a poor family, in a town where nothing good comes from. In terms of his physical appearance:

Isaiah 53:2

..He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

Jesus was not accepted by others

Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

There was nothing attractive or desirable about this man. He wasn’t given this huge platform to work from, in fact He didn’t have anything on His side! The odds were against Him.

But yet all the time in our life, we tell God “If only I had more money,” “If only I had more time,” “If only I had the newest iPhone,” “If only I had more blog views,” “If only I had more twitter followers,” “If only I had more friends,” “If only I had that job, or that promotion,” “If only….” Our “If only…”s and our excuses could go on forever.

Jesus did have one thing on His side. He had God, and He trusted in God. Look at what Jesus accomplished because of God. He changed the world. He didn’t have all the qualifications what we believe we need to share Christ to others, He just had God.

To take this one step further, we often think of ourselves as God. Not intentionally, but we feel like we know what’s best for us and we feel like we know what has to happen in order for us to follow Christ best.

The ugly truth is, you don’t know what’s best for you. How can we question our Creator who made the universe and everything in it. The God who made you, science, and math. The Father who loves you unconditionally, even despite all of your wrongs. Our God is so big, how can we even begin to understand what is best for us and question the circumstances we are in?

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