From Judgment to Faith – the Weaning

‘But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.’ Psalms 131:2-3

The Gospel maps the “weaning” from a life led by the flesh, judgment and law toward one of the Spirit, faith and grace. Peter is my favorite example of this with his desire to protect Jesus from injustice only to fail in frustration by denying his best friend three times (Romans 7 playing itself out). Peter was truly the archer taking aim and missing his intended mark (= sin). His experience as explained and concluded in his own letters reflect the above Psalm so well.

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:20,21