Flaws and all, you are wanted

A wife went to the police station with her next-door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description.

She said, "He’s 35-years old, 6-foot-4, has dark eyes, dark, wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children."

The next-door neighbor protested, "Your husband is 5-foot-5, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is crabby to your kids."

The wife replied, "Yes, but who wants HIM back?"

That’s certainly understandable, but not honorable. No doubt there are any number of people who would gladly trade in their spouse or relative or in-law for somebody else.


And to reverse the judgment: neither would most of us be labeled as "quite a catch." We wouldn’t make any top-10 list of best in class. It may be perfectly understandable if your parent or spouse, friend or co-worker wanted a re-do.

Indeed, it would be no surprise if the Creator of our species had serious second thoughts about us. I don’t think God cares whether we’re short, chubby or bald, but it’s gotta be a deep disappointment to Him that we are cheating, lying, greedy, selfish ingrates.

Lost in sin and missing from His presence, the Lord could have justifiably said, "Who wants him back?" or, "Who needs her anyway?"

But praise God, He didn’t do that at all. The Lord wants us with Him forever, flawed fools that we are, and would pay the price of His own life to accomplish our redemption.

What a colossal love! Our heavenly Father says, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name and you are mine." ( Isaiah 43:1)

(This devotion is from Pastor Chris Brekke of West Concord; from his new book "Joke Devotions")

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