Hello! How is everyone? How was your Easter/Passover? Did you feel especially closer to God during this time? I think I feel the closest to God during this time because one really gets to reflect at great length what God did to bridge the gap between Himself and mankind by sending His own Son to die on a cross so that those who would choose Jesus would eternally live with Him.
I’m also sure that many are going through some variation of a trial as well and truly need to be grounded in their faith so they can withstand any or all opposition that would afflict them. When we go through troubling times, it is important that we really are committed to the Lord. It is the Lord that carries us and holds us up as we GO THROUGH our circumstances. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Youare with me.” (Psalm 23:4) Another version says it this way“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”
God is faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him because He loves us and He does not take back His promises to those that belong to Him. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9)When we commit ourselves to God through Jesus, we begin a lifelong change that becomes more and more into His likeness because His Spirit lives inside of us. I’m not going to say that it is easy; or that we won’t struggle…because we will because the world we live in has so much opposition. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) But the good news is that because of our commitment to Jesus, we do not have to feel bad when we fail. We can always go to Him even when we are weighed down by this life. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) When we are weak, He makes us strong. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
It is because of God’s eternal promises that I am able to commit to Him. I know I can’t soley commit by myself to God because life (and my own self) always gets in the way. “Do not conform any longer to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) I have to choose to stay committed to Him. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I hope your commitment to God will grow strong and steady knowing that you are loved by God and entitled to all the promises He has for you so you can get closer to Him through Jesus. I leave you with this scripture as encouragement so you know how God’s love and promises are with you always.
“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [[full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety), And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (2Peter1:2-8-Amplified Bible)
In His Love,