These past two days have been difficult. A situation in my life has created some emotional distress. Couple that with physical injuries (that I have been dealing with for over 8 months) that flare up with this stress and I’m a straight-up-hot-mess. The enemy wants me to be overtaken by the physical and emotional effects – but God has a few reminders about who HE says I am, and the HOPE I have in Him.
I’m not sharing this for pity (although I would appreciate prayer), but because it’s times like this that WHO I run to and WHO speaks to me is essential – life-giving. I’m not a Christian because I’ve done or said all the right things – I’m a Christian because I’ve recognized myself as a sinner and have turned to a SAVIOR. In return, Jesus has offered forgiveness and a hope of eternity in heaven with Him, but it doesn’t stop there. Jesus is alive and active and He cares about me (and YOU). His word is comfort to the hurting. He is so gracious and His grace to withstand trials is sufficient. THAT is why I’m sharing this – – because so many people mistakenly think that being a Christian or following Christ is just about a bunch of rules. But, it’s not. It’s about a Father who loves, a Savior who gave Himself and a Comforter who abides.
Beth Moore tweeted yesterday, “When your best efforts aren’t good enough, when you try your hardest & still fail to please, when you give your whole heart & it’s handed back to you in pieces, there is Jesus enthroned in majesty, delighting in you simply because you’re His. You are accepted in the beloved.” Do you think it is a coincidence that I read that when that is exactly how I feel/felt? Neither do I. That is a gracious, loving Father, communicating that He hears and He cares and I am His.
Music is another way God is so faithful to communicate who He is and who I am in Him, because of Him. Yesterday, one song that spoke to me was “Promises Never Fail” by Bethel Music. The chorus says, “I know your thoughts, your plans for me are good. And I know you hold my future and my hope. Your promises never fail.”
Music, tweets, other people, sermon messages are all great ways that God communicates to us, but the most powerful is His WORD.
I think it’s no coincidence that Romans 5 was part of my Bible reading this week. Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character. And character strengthens our confident HOPE of salvation.” God loves me so much He must think I need some character development – – and I don’t disagree. I think that will always be true this side of heaven. Because of my HOPE in GOD, I can trust that He has a plan for this situation and that He will use it in my life to make me more like Him.
Romans 5 also showed me what’s really important here… #focus. In verse 8 I’m reminded that “God showed his great love for us (me) by sending to Christ to die for us (me) while we were still sinners.” What a Savior that He would die for me – – so I can live for HIM.
I mentioned in our church’s devotional this week from Romans 4 that we can have all kinds of thoughts about all kinds of things – but what does the scripture say? THAT is what is most important.
Lauren Daigle sums it up with her song You say:
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity
In YOU I find my worth, in You I find my identity.
I don’t know how this situation will work out and subsequently what the future holds, but I know WHO holds my future in His hands and His plans for me are good and He is my HOPE. He does the same for you.