Monday and my sin!
Well it is that time again; Monday. That dreaded start of the week. The Lord’s Day has passed. The risen Christ proclaimed and glorified through the preaching of the word. The saints gathered and sang songs with excitement. The fuel from fellowship is slowly diminishing as Monday’s reality begins to set in. It’s Monday! Our besetting sins begin to creep in. Those sins we fail to kill daily but instead we pet and keep around. We begin to murmur and complain about little things; traffic, weather, my salary, my body. Even though I take no discipline towards these things I still have the nerve to complain. I find myself justifying my words and emotions! A cold wind of sin begins to blow over the warm fire our heart enjoyed from the word of God just a day prior. We wonder how we stumble, why we don’t find time to pray or to heed the encouragement from our elders or brothers and sisters. My dear brother or sister, you may not be struggling so this might not be for you. I praise God for your current state and pray He keeps you there. For those who stumble on Mondays, I would like to give 3 bite size encouragements to start the week;
Look. Rest. Pray
Easy right! Well for some of us theological ants it might be a little harder than we think. Let us look at Psalm 121.
My Help Comes from the LORD
A Song of Ascents.
 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night
 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
 The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
The Psalm gives us insight on how to;
(1) Look: A gaze, a stare to where his help comes from. It is not from hills but beyond that. It comes from the Lord, who neither slumbers nor sleeps. Take comfort in the God who is ever-present with you and for you. When Monday begins to bring its distractions and sin, look to Heaven and see Christ alive for you, bringing forth sanctification and the power to overcome sin and the flesh.
2) Rest: Something about actively seeking to rest, which seems a bit contradicting. Sleeping for 10 hrs and still waking up tired. Going on a weekend getaway and coming home exhausted. Where is our rest then? True rest is found in Christ, Matthew 11:28 states “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV) Along with, Psalm 62:1, “Truly my soul finds rest in God, my salvation comes from him.” So rest is not truly achieved in something but rather in someone! Christian, rest easy knowing your life is in His hands. Look to Him and rest in Him even on Mondays.
3) Pray: Christian, if nothing else, pray! We are commanded, expected, and instructed to pray. Our God will meet us right where we are with all of our defects and blemishes through the cross of Christ. He who causes us to overcome through the blood of Christ, will incline His ear to help us in the fight. Ask God for a bigger view of the gospel that it might penetrate every area of life. Can the God who saved us from endless calamity not save us from Mondays? The Christian walk is much more than another Monday. Its joy in Christ and war with sin. Keep fighting through the mundane routine of the start of your week. SDG!
- By Robert Orozco