The other morning I was driving to work and listening to a new podcast called Coin Check by 99% Invisible.In this podcast they were talking about military Challenge Coins, which oddly enough I’m familiar with because I have a great friend that was in the military that gave me one.
In the course of the podcast they described uses for challenge coins- being grateful, thankful, appreciation and a sort of pat on the back for people that aren’t usually emotional. As the podcast went on they talked about one use of a challenge coin was to call “challenge” at a bar and if someone doesn’t have one, they would buy everyone a round of drinks. They stated, that the Marines don’t usually start these challenges, but are usually 100% willing to participate. The podcasters talked about Marines are known for drinking and abusing it often, which is and was stated as a contradiction.
I found that intriguing and let my mind wander on that thought as the podcast took some other turns to who knows where.
Don’t we all have contradictions?
Role models break the law.
Clergy get involved in sex scandals.
Politicians are known to be liars.
Spouses are h faithful to those that they pledged to be faithful to.
We all know people that contradict themselves and if we are honest, we are offenders as well.
As I let my mind wander, I thought, there is no one that does not contradict themselves as much as we may hate it, everyone says one thing and does the other. Sadly, it’s “in our nature.”
You know the great thing though? God’s nature is not the same as ours! He doesn’t contradict Himself. When He states something He is ALWAYS faithful to come through (the worst part is that it’s usually His timing not ours that He does).
God nature is pure and He never goes back on His promises. The bible is full of statements and pieces that make God seem like an emotional teen- commanding kings to kill other tribes and then talking about His undying love for everyone. Uh… How is that possible?! Context.
God is love. He doesn’t contradict Himself.
I love that even though one day when things seem to fall apart and I can’t seem to “find God” and the next I’m “so in love and trusting of Him” that He accepts my emotions and silly contradictions. His love doesn’t change and is faithful no matter what.
I love that no matter what God never contradicts Himself and doesn’t reject us when we contradict ourselves.
What a great God the Lord is.