Bread – Cycles

October 7, 2013


Readings for Monday, October 7, 2013, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: 2 Kings 21:1-18; 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1; Matt. 8:28-34; Psalm 106

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We understand cycles. For example, according to Peter, Paul, and Mary (the three singers), there is the cycle of flowers to young girls to young men to war to graves to flowers. There are the life cycles of people, of business, of economies, and of nations.

In today’s readings from Scripture, the cycle of God’s relief of man from his circumstances, man’s promise to obey, man’s disobedience, man’s chasing idols, God’s waiting, God’s action to punish, man’s saying “I’m sorry” and “I promise,” God’s action to forgive, God’s relief of man from his circumstances, etc. is apparent.

There is a tendency on our part to believe that cycles are inevitable. In other words, we tend to believe that no matter what we do, the valley will be followed by the mountain which will be followed by the valley which will be followed by the mountain, etc. We apply this to our walk with God, thinking that our promise to obey is always followed by our disobedience which is always followed by God’s punishment which is always followed by our repentance which is always followed by God’s restoration which then begins the new cycle. In this model, God will consistently behave and so will we, following some kind of cycle of life.

What we forget is that cycles can and often are broken and a new trajectory is set. The cycle of poverty is broken by education and opportunity. The cycle of death is broken by the cross of Jesus Christ.

The thing is, when a new trajectory is set, do we climb on to the new adventure or do we fall back into the old ways.

When Christ introduces Himself into our lives and leads and strengthens us into belief and discipleship, our old cycle is broken and we are set out on a new trajectory, a path into increasing joy, increasing love, increasing strength, increasing wisdom, increasing obedience, toward eternal life with God. How many of us, though, find more comfort in the old, familiar cycles of death than the new rocket of life?

Do we want to break the destructive cycle we find ourselves in? Grab hold of Jesus for the ride of your life. And in the process, discover that the obedience of duty, which leads to disobedience and the cycle we left behind, can be replaced by the obedience of gratitude, which never ends.

And discover that your cycle has, can, and will be broken by the One who has broken the chains of death, by Jesus.

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© 2013 GBF

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