Sometimes God feels distant. He isn’t, but that’s how it feels. He uses these times to help us focus more closely on Him, since the last thing we want is for God to leave us alone. Lent is filled with days like this. My solution. Read. Here is a partial list: Max Lucado – “God Is With You every day” (I found this copy in Hobby Lobby); “The Duck Commander Devotional” – The Duck Dynasty family (I got my copy on line); Sarah Young – “Jesus Calling Morning & Evening” (also Hobby Lobby); William Paul Young – “The Shack” (also a good movie). Interspersed with “The Bible”– I’m reading the book of Daniel and the Gospel of John.
When we took God out of the schools the devil moved in! That’s the thought I woke up with today. If that’s your experience then please share.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yesterday as we were walking out to the camper for Bible Study I was attacked by a wasp. Mark and I love to read the Bible together and share about what it says to us. Since God talks to each of us as the OOAK individual that He created, it’s amazingly beautiful to see His Grace at work! Unfortunately we never got there – I got stung. I’m severely allergic to bee venom and now I guess that includes any of those flying biting insects. We live 25 minutes from the doctors office- They’re not always open so it was like a shot in the dark whether or not help would be there. My first reaction to the sting was shock but peace came one second later. God was with me. What do I have to fear? Nothing! I was fascinated to see how He would bring good out of this situation. God brings good out of everything for every person. I carry an Epi-pen wherever we go, so Mark administered that and I keep Benadryl pills in my handbag for the same reason. These measures will get you to the doctor’s office or hospital but they can not save you from a full blown episode. Anyone allergic to bees should have these readily available. The nurse was in and she saw me first. In her questioning of how it happened I related that we were on our way to study the Bible together when it stung me. Hmm-mm, do you think maybe God wanted her and the other person standing by her to hear that studying the Bible is good reading? I was given a shot of a corticosteroid and waited patiently for the affect to start. She discussed what was to be done with the doctor, I imagined that because I never saw the doctor, then she came back with a paper to deliver to the hospital where I was to go and wait for a possible second reaction to happen. The second reaction is iffy at best. Never having suffered from a dreaded second reaction I went shopping instead, retail therapy, all the stores were close or within sight of the hospital. I bumped into one of my favorite people, Chuck our assistant fire chief (at the first store), who was told the story with full details and checked me out giving me some wonderful advice about the itch that was beginning. Chuck was the second person to hear that reading the Bible and learning about God is a good thing to do daily. I bought a toy duck for my dog (she loved it) and a battery kill switch for the fire department’s brush truck. Mark stayed with me the entire time and made me chicken noodle soup when we finally got home. I found myself talking to God and thinking about him all day! This relates only a small fraction of the great good God does through one tiny wasp sting. Whatever happens to you each and every day can be read like a chapter in God’s Bible, when you look at it keeping in mind how God works his everyday miracles with love and attention to details.
We don’t live by the law of the Old Testament. We live through the Merciful Son of God, Jesus who saves us from its legalistic demands. I’m not saying we are lawless. But our imperfections can’t condemn us. Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit guide us through this life perfecting us as we go. Through His Grace we grow more pleasing to our Father who is in Heaven. The law is about justice and our Father is a Just God. He does not disregard sin and it’s effects on our souls or humanity in general. He compensates for every bad thing with Goodness, Mercy and Love. He truly is the Most Perfect Wonderful God deserving of all our love. He is our Heavenly Father! We can’t ask for more or better!!!
Jesus the Son of God is our Judge and Savior. He didn’t come to earth to suffer, die a horrible degrading painful death on a cross to condemn us. He came to save us. It’s PURE nepotism. The one who points out all our sins is the evil one, the devil. He is the king of the condemned. He points his ugly fingers at anyone he can. So if you aren’t standing with Jesus you’re standing alone and vulnerable. You don’t want to be stranded at the judgement with no protection from that menace or your sin. Choose to be a Christ follower, not a judge of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Bad thoughts like a balloon can be snipped and float away, rather than contemplated or considered which will drag you down to hell. Snip it from the start! Bad thoughts don’t belong to Christians, followers of Jesus. We are made for better things. Snipping it from the start is a good way of rooting out evil in our lives.
Think about some small sin that you commit thinking it’s not really that bad. You’re wrong! There’s no SMALL sin. ALL sin is an ugly beast waiting to devour your soul. The only way out of it is through Jesus. He carried all those beastly sins on the way to Calvary and our Human God nailed them to that cross that He chose to save us on.