If you are a movie buff, you probably recognize the title to this blog. It was spoken often in the fictional book recently made into a movie: “The Hunger Games.” Cable television stations are airing the first two movies in the series this week in anticipation for the debut of the third of four movies, “Mockingjay Part 1,” which is set to hit theaters this Friday. Yes, I was lured into watching one of them last night so it is on my brain. It’s funny how easily what we put into our minds becomes the filter through which we process life.
Although the title to this post is a catchy fictional phrase from the book/movie, the author, Suzanne Collins, was not the first to pen the thought. A few thousand of years ago, the Psalmist wrote: “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” (Psalm 25:8-10 ESV)
Every one of us longs to have the odds of life be ever in our favor and the Scriptures tell us that they can be. Because the God of the Universe is good and upright in His nature he will not let us go into the night unaware of which paths in life to take; He instructs sinners in their way. We are all sinners, but our hope lies in the nature of God not to leave us stranded in the hopelessness that sin brings; and that is only the beginnng. If we want further clarity from God we will only see Him through the lens of humility. This is the next step on the pathway as we recognize our own sin and pride from which He so desperately wants to liberate us. He personally leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way! The question then becomes, are you practicing humility on your own accord or will God have to humble you so that you can see Him. One is slightly more painful than the other but both lead to us on a journey of everlasting love and faithfulness from God when we begin to live by His Word.
When you are a child of the King, He will not leave you to your own devices; He loves you too much. The life He longs for you to experience is full of so much more: hope and promise, steadfast love and faithfulness for those who keep his covenant and testimonies. So today, rise to the occasion of your life. Let’s own our sins, admit our pride, confess to the Father, accept His love and faithfulness, and live by His commands…and God himself will be ever in your favor. Amen.