Redemption…have you ever really given that word much thought? Have you ever been redeemed? Do you need to be redeemed? Do you know anyone that could use a little redemption? Have you ever tried to redeem someone? Have you ever tried to redeem yourself? Uh, did you realize YOU can’t actually redeem anyone? Not even your closest family or friends? Not even yourself or your own flesh and blood?No matter how hard you try?
This is how dictionary.com defines redemption:
Here are a few things God has to say about it in His word:
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
9 That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay. – Psalm 49:5-9
Holy and awesome is His name. – Psalm 111:9
And with Him is abundant redemption. – Psalm 130:7
Yes, redemption has been on my mind today. I am in need of rescue. I have close friends and family who are in need of rescue. I know I am not alone even though some days it feels like I’m the only one who ever makes mistakes that need to be covered and redeemed. Some days those aren’t even mistakes. Some days those are on purposes.
I can’t do it myself, no matter how hard I try. No matter how well I behave. No matter how many prayers I pray or scriptures I read or even commit to memory. I can’t rescue anyone else no matter how many great speeches I make. I can’t rescue anyone with a great blog post. I can’t rescue anyone by beating them over the head or begging them to reach out a hand. Even if they reached out a hand, I am not the one who could redeem them.
Maybe I should stop trying and place my hand in His and allow him to do his thing. Maybe I should stop trying to drag others up out of their pits and make room for Him to reach down and grab their hand.