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Leaving Me Behind
Every once and a while I think to myself, why all this death? Why would a loving God require death? Couldn’t He, in His sovereignty, have chosen a less violent way to have relationship with us?
Heights and Depths
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
The Great Influence
Our lives are the collective experiences largely characterized by the people who have influenced us one way or another….
Ezekiel 37:3 reads “[The Lord] asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ “
…Ugh! Why do I feel like I have to juggle as much as humanly possible? Would my husband and children have survived if I had served cold cereal for dinner? What if I had said the orthodontist appointment had to wait one more day? Or decided it would be okay to arrive a little late (gasp!) for baseball practice?…
So what about us? When we accept Christ as our Savior, there is no sin his blood can’t cleanse. So…we can sit down. The work is already done because Jesus checked off everything on the list that mattered.
…When the doctor was finished getting all the information and about to tell me what she thought was the problem and what I would need to do to start to fix it, I got up and left.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
Abigail and Jesus
Jesus understood that and realized what He would have to go through for us before He did it. He took the price for us, and we are forgiven. He knew every stupid thing we were going to do and died for us.
Joseph, Moses, Abraham – all had to wait, not months but years, to see God’s promises unfold in their lives. It’s during these times of waiting that God can grow us in amazing ways.