Jesus, the worthy Lamb, was made like us “in every way.” He gets how hard it is to be human. He gets you. When you lose your temper, He understands. When you’re scared, He knows that emotion. When you’re tempted, He’s lived through that too. God could have sat on His throne and condemned us for not living up to His standards, but instead He went to great lengths to reach out to us, to know us, and to make Himself known more intimately than ever before. Jesus is our bridge over troubled waters—our ladder between this life and the next. He is the Alpha-Omega, A-Z, Root and Vine, Author and Word, Divine Warrior and Prince of Peace—King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Be-all and End-all.
When we trUSt Jesus, the focus isn’t on U and I (going it alone), but in the U-n-I… UnIon… of the US in JesUS. Oh, and in case I haven’t lost you yet, DOG spelled backward is…
We needn’t think too much of ourselves, but neither too little. For we are His creations, and who are we to be discontent with what God has made? Or with the lives we’ve been given? He is in control and as we yield to Him, I believe we’ll know just when to say good enough. And not in a Stewart Smalley, “I’m good enough, smart enough,” focused on man’s approval kind of way, but instead because, doggone it… God likes me.
Reminders of His truth to deliver us from our daily distractions. Reminders of His grace to comfort and sustain us. Reminders of His peace that will refresh us like a warm towel laid over our eyes—taking us to another world, relaxing and invigorating our senses, and refocusing our perspective… lighting our path for the day ahead.
If you feel as though you’re struggling with some sin that seems big and hairy and out of control (maybe like a giant, Burt-esque unibrow), I ask you to consider something. Think back to another area of past bondage that you are now free of and remember how difficult that seemed at the time. Remember how you were able to uproot that sin as you relied on God. Now trust Him to be faithful again. Ask Him. Let Him
My 3-year-old daughter adores art. Occasionally however, her love becomes a source of frustration when she has trouble executing the beauty she sees in her mind’s eye. Her cry begins with despair and turns to rage because “It’s not beautiful!” Her maturity in one area does not line up with her development in the other.
God had chosen me, just like He’s chosen you. He’s given me a heart to know Him, and that heart will never be truly satisfied by anything else. And neither will yours. Now sometimes this getting to know Him phase can be a bit like slow molasses. We might be a little stubborn in coming around… but God, who created our hearts, knows our hearts. He knows his chosen will return to Him, and not half-heartedly for an hour or so on Sunday mornings, but “with their whole heart.”
This brings so much hope to me when I hit a rough patch. We may be living in a world gone nuts, but God’s plans for His people are “to prosper, not to harm.” (Jer. 29:11) If we are inclined to believe anything God says, it should follow that we believe EVERYTHING He says. So we can trust that no matter how bad it may look to us, He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him… “for our own good.” Always.
If your heart is with Him, you can rest in the knowledge that He already has everything figured out and if He wants something done (or not done), He will make it known. You don’t have to wonder if He will. The question is, will you?
With Jesus on first, we now have a whole new ballgame: What? and I Don’t Know are on the bench, replaced by Grace and Rest. And apparently, Jesus knows Will. We found him! And here’s the best part… Jesus is offering His knowledge and easy-yoke line-up to you.