12/30/2017

Mary Johnson

 

I was recently having a conversation with one of my sons about different religions. He was asking me questions about who other people worship and why they worship other gods. We talked about what some of the other religions believe, and that led us to the powerful truth that, as Christians, we worship a God who is alive and working within us. My son voiced how it would be sad to think that the god who created you didn’t want to be in relationship with you and didn’t have the power to work in your life. I agreed.

 

One of the things that I think about frequently and that I incorporate frequently into my prayers is my thankfulness to God that He desires to walk through life with us. He created us and has the power (and right) to tell us how we should live, and then leave us to operate that way. He could just stand from a distance and not interact with us, and STILL deserve to be praised. But that’s not what He did or what he does. Our God, our creator, our sustainer, designed us to be in relationship with Him. His desire is for us to interact with Him and to come to Him with all that we face in life. With that, He even uses what are the strangest of circumstances to show us His love for us.

 

If you’re anything like me, you have tough days. Days when you feel sad, stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed.  Maybe they aren’t just days, maybe they are seasons. Maybe it’s even one long season of feeling that way. This fall, I had a time when I was feeling like what I just described. I was down. One day during that time, I had a friend text me and speak words of life to me. She encouraged me, and told me that she felt like God had told her to tell me those reminders. Then, out of the blue, I had a friend from high school (who I hadn’t spoken to in many years), send me a very similar message to what my friend had texted me. She said she felt strange sending me the message because we hadn’t spoken in such a long time, but she just felt like the Holy Spirit was telling her to do it and she wanted to be obedient. I let her know that I needed to hear what she had to say, and it was something another friend had shared with me as well. God did a few things here. First of all, He used my friends to remind me of His love for me. My situation didn’t change. I still was facing some struggles BUT I was encouraged that God hadn’t forgotten about me, and was using what I was going through for a reason. Secondly, God used this situation as a faith builder for the two friends who had encouraged me. When I shared with them how much I had needed to hear their encouragement and how they both said such similar words, their faith grew. They were encouraged that God was speaking to them, and that they were walking in obedience by listening and acting on what He told them to do. They recognized God’s love and involvement in their lives.

 

God knows you. He loves you. He knows what you need and when you need it. He wants to walk through life with you. He wants you to be reminded that you aren’t doing life alone. You have a Creator who will use everything that you experience in life, the good and the bad, to show you His love. Let’s embrace these truths and be encouraged this week.

 

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 94:18-19