Good morning my sisters-
Have you ever thought to yourself, why is God punishing me? It is so easy for us to ask that question. We are all like little children waiting for Him to strike us dead because of our sin. But in fact, any correction we get shows we are loved. How do I know? Because I spent a year and a half trying to find myself and through the whole trial, He was right beside me. The trial had to happen. I had to depend on Him for everything but I can't say that I didn't cry out in frustration and ask "Why?"
But as I matured in Him, I began to thank Him for the unknown. I began to thank Him moment by moment, and in turn, He lead me and loved me. I can't say every moment was full of faith, hope and joy but I can tell you that I am a different person today than I was then. I capture every thought more easily, I rely on Him more deeply and I thank Him for every morning and every evening.
How did I get there? I prayed, I read and I trusted that God would get me through somehow. And today, I have the ability to forgive more deeply. Not just others but myself. I don't believe that my talent, my wisdom or my faith brought me to this place because I know it was my Father leading me down the path of righteousness, not for me but for Him.
Life is going to let us down. Things won't always go our way. We will get frustrated, we will sin and we will let someone else down. We will not make the right decisions and we might fall into gossip. We won't always be able to not judge someone and we are not perfect. However, Christ gives us something that people that don't have Him are lacking, He gives us grace. Grace is given without us having to do one thing to get it. We can't earn our Father's love because it's given. We are blessed not because we are the most beautiful or talented, we are blessed because we are His.
Remember God is good always and we are blessed because we are His! If you are seeking peace then you must run to Jesus. You can seek grace in the face of humans or you can stop, drop, and meet Jesus. You can't run or hide from your problems, you must face them like David did with confidence that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and that although we don't have Heaven on earth, we have a Father that truly loves us. He is fighting for us on levels we don't even understand and although it sometimes looks like evil is winning, it won't. God is good. He was faithful to Abraham, Isaac, Paul and many more. They did not die in vain. They died living a life that glorified Him. At the end of the day, we have two choices, to love Him with all our heart or to die never seeing Him. It's your choice. You can keep blaming God and saying that He's not present, the world is falling apart or you can say, "God if you are truly real, show yourself." I guarantee He will!
In my devotions over the last couple of days, the Lord has given me some great Scripture so I will leave you with Psalm 20:7 NIV today. Think about it and ask yourself, "What do I count on, who do I trust and can I afford not to know Christ?"
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
He is our ABBA Father. There is no one like Him. He is trustworthy and has remained so for centuries. The world is evil there is no doubt but there is a God waiting for you to say, "Here I am, take me into your arms and forgive me." It's time. You didn't hit this site by chance, you came here with God's full intention of winning your heart.
May the Lord of my life rain down on all those doubters who are looking for answers and never finding them because what they're looking for is Him. In Jesus name I pray.