Keith Shorter on the Struggle Within

Keith Shorter is pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., and a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

I’m still not sure why I did what I did while eating lunch with my wife.

While looking at her as we were talking, I reached to my right to grab the red ketchup bottle. But I had actually picked up my red water glass and proceeded to pour ice water all over my french fries!

The water soaked my fries and spilled onto the table and the floor. My wife asked the obvious question: “Why did you do that?” I gave the obvious answer: “I don’t know! I just wasn’t paying attention.”

What made matters worse was when the waiter came over to help clean up the mess. He said, “I will bring you another glass of water. Do you want that in a sippy cup?” It got even worse when he brought the check to our table. “Would you all like a to-go cup?” Then he looked at me and said, “So you could spill it in the car?” It was only by the grace of God that I smiled and left him a tip.

That’s the way life is. Have you ever done something foolish that made no sense and you can’t explain why you did it? You certainly hadn’t planned on doing something that would cause you so much embarrassment. It just happened, and you’re left shaking your head wondering, “What’s wrong with me?”

Then to make matters worse, people pile on. Family, friends and coworkers all have something to say about your behavior, and that makes you feel even worse about yourself.

That’s what’s so amazing about God — He doesn’t pile on when He has every right to. We are people who somehow have incredible worth to the living God, even in those times when we pour ice water on our french fries.

I can certainly relate to what the apostle Paul said in Romans 7:15: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (NIV). Paul had some type of inner struggle with sin that he could not win. At least, not on his own. In verse 24 he makes a statement about his condition and asks an important question: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

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Source: Baptist Press