Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SALT Challenge - Obedience

This week it was my turn to set the challenge for the SALT design team and I chose obedience, based on a verse from the Psalms:
Psalm 119:60, “I made haste and did not delay to keep Your commandments.”
We use a phrase with our children, adopted from some close friends; obey right away. Delayed obedience is really disobedience. Thinking that you can obey God’s commands later, maybe when life’s circumstances are different, is dangerous thinking. For this attitude would prove that we have no serious intention of obeying at all. As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” In our text we see that the psalmist “did not delay” to keep God’s commandments. His prompt response shows his love for God, faith in His Word, and wisdom in the application of Scripture to real life. He was not relying on his own feelings, conscience, or advice of family and friends to decide if he was living a life that was pleasing to God. How was the psalmist able to keep God’s commandments? Is it possible for anyone to perfectly keep God’s law? Not a chance! But this is the good news of the gospel! The more we see how sinful we are, the more we will know our need for God’s grace in Christ, who is the only One who kept the whole law of God. May we “make haste” to obey God’s commandments, putting away all excuses, repenting of our disobedience, and committing ourselves to a right relationship, gained only through trust in Christ, with our Creator! If you'd like to participate in this week's challenge, please hop on over to the SALT blog and leave us a comment with a link back to your blog or gallery. We'd be delighted to share in your creative process!
Here is a photo of my full card:
Enjoy!
PS - I would like to give credit to our Pastor for his assistance my write up, portions of it were taken from a message he preached on the above mentioned text. Thanks Pastor Meadows! :-)

7 comments:

Hazel said...

Your card is so beautiful - super butterfly. Thank you for a very thought-provoking challenge.

Lythan said...

What a beautiful butterfly - thanks for the close up so we could see the dimension to it. And the challenge this week has been wonderful to reflect on

mamaluke said...

Beautiful card and inspiring words, thank you x

Julie Masse said...

What a beautiful card - the butterfly is gorgeous! Wonderful challenge!

Dianne said...

The butterfly card is so beautiful!

Dianne said...

The butterfly card is so beautiful!

Beth Norman said...

What a beautiful piece of artwork. So elegant. What a nice way to get inspiration -- from your pastor. My girlfriend passed me a note at work today and all it said was "Psalm 25." so I guess I have some reading to do tonight. Have a great day.