As 2018 rounds its final turn, I want you to reflect on something important. It’s a question to consider that I had the privilege of sharing at the Mission this past Friday night during our 4th Friday Chapel service. What is this profound inquiry you ask?
How are things between you and God?
Perhaps, they’re good. Maybe, when you think of God, you throw your hands up in the air or get the urge to stomp out of the room.
Yes, I’m aware that it is a very personal question.
You do know that God loves you, right?
I get that you may feel distant from Him. Trust me. Been there, done that. I understand that you might not want to give over control of your life to someone you can’t see or touch. Yeah, I don’t have much time for fairy tales either. I have even less bandwidth for empty promises.
But the Lord is real. His promises are true.
How do I know?
Yep. I said it. I know God is real through personal experience. And I see the Lord at work all the time, all around me. Especially in those moments when my faith is weak and sputtering on life support. Yeah. It happens.
But my life is SO different from what it was nearly a quarter century ago when I first experienced true life change. I’m different. I remember the person I was, but honestly, I don’t recognize him much. I’m not him anymore and that’s solely due to the grace and mercy of the Lord. When I was at the end of the line, God rescued me.
Since renewing my commitment to Him over a decade ago, my world has been turned upside down–in a good way.
God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) He did this to atone for sins and build a bridge reconnecting us back to the Lord. Scripture confirms that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old has passed away and the NEW has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I don’t know the heaviness of the weight you’re carrying. Maybe you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Perhaps, you’re trying to navigate the stormy waters accompanying a pending divorce. Or, you or someone you love are struggling with an addiction. While I don’t know what your specific hurt is, I do know that God is able and plenty strong enough for you to cast whatever burdens you are hauling around at His feet.
Make 2019 the year where you renew your worship of the Lord by accepting Jesus. Begin your spiritual transformation journey and trust God to lead you beside still waters and along the paths of righteousness. God is good for His word. You can trust Him. He is for you, not against you.
Blessings and Happy New Year!
The Devotional Guy™