Saturday, April 1, 2017
“He does not take pleasure in the legs of man.” –Psalm 147:10
This is not to say God does not delight in our femur, tibia and soleus. God probably thinks they are beautiful and delights in many of the things we accomplish with them.
But God wisely does not trust in our legs- a metaphor for overall human strength- to do the heaviest works because they are weak. The most important things in the long history of the universe would remain unaccomplished if God relied solely on the legs of humans that can run only 28 mph at best and be unusable at worst.
God knows our legs alone cannot initiate and integrate the power that was used to raise Jesus from the grave. Though we have free will and can accomplish much and it is God’s hope for us to do so, we cannot change our hearts, heal our emotional pain, or raise our bodies from the dead with our strength alone.
Only God can boast legs that work to the degree we wish ours did.
As a matter of wisdom we should hope in the strength of God’s legs- a metaphor for efficiency and capacity.
God is helpful to tell us all other legs we find to stand on are inadequate. God is helpful in showing us, in many ways, are our legs are not the only legs we should stand on.
Maybe today, instead of getting back on our feet and brushing ourselves off like they tell us to do, we should sit and rest our legs for a few minutes. We could consider that all of us are terminally ill and have legs and eyes that will fail in a few years. We could look to the enigmatic, real and illustrious God and take pleasure in His legs.