Has God ever gotten your attention somehow? He has with me on occasion and one such time happened not long ago.
Are there days when you feel swallowed up by life? Worry, disappointment, sorrow, and frustrations tend to suffocate our hopes, dreams, and prayers. Perhaps there are days when you feel like taking the first flight out of town. You wouldn’t be the first.
“Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (Isaiah 38:3)
God did not become flesh to tolerate us or because he felt sorry for us. He came to sacrifice Himself unconditionally in place of us. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
True peace comes and washes guilt away completely when we realize that God never tires of forgiving us. Being absorbed in Christ is trusting in His beauty, His righteousness, His approval.
“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2 Corinthians 1:5) Faith receives the benefits of Christ’s sufferings on our behalf.
The word “discourage” is not in God’s vocabulary. If left unchecked, discouragement can arrive unexpectedly like a heavy frost. The tentacles of frozen air can encapsulate life and stifle it’s blossom. Courageous enthusiasm that brings color to one’s life is replaced by fear, worry, and anxiety. Disappointment tends to breed discouragement. We expect one thing …
Freedom experiences the presence of the Holy Spirit by placing our dependence upon Him. By exercising trust, we receive opportunities to grow in our knowledge of God. Adversity then becomes one of the greatest gifts God gives us to exercise our trust in Him.