For years I’ve looked at this verse and thought, “How do I muster up enough faith to please Him?” I mean, I want to draw closer to God, and I do believe He exists, and the Bible says that He rewards us for seeking Him, but where do I get the faith to get this whole thing going? Where does it come from?
BY TERESA GEORGE
Verse to Memorize: "The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3
August 29, 1980. The day started out full of joy and hope. My husband surprised me with a new blue outfit for our son's ride home from the hospital. The pediatrician gave our baby his ‘release’ check-up. My excitement turned to sadness and fear as they hooked up our precious "Junior" to an EKG machine and told us we would have to stay while they did more tests. A pediatric cardiologist was called in. He instructed me on the potential need of a sedentary life for our child to prevent a heart attack.
I lay back down in my hospital bed, discouraged, afraid, and crying. I wanted to ask for help, yet I felt too sinful. I had drifted so far away. I didn’t deserve to pray, let alone expect an answer. I thought about all the things in my life I needed to get in order before I would be able to talk to God.
Have you ever let your circumstances and sinful decisions cause you to doubt God’s everlasting love for you? Jeremiah 31:3 -- "The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.'" The nation of Israel experienced God's restoring love, despite all the disastrous choices they made. His unconditional love extends to His church. It extends to His people. That's those of us who have trusted in Christ's death and resurrection as the perfect payment for every past, present or future sin.
Thankfully, our son did not have a heart problem. We went home together a day late. Unfortunately it took several years of trying for me to realize I would never have my life in order enough to approach God on my terms. It was through the blood of Christ that covered my sins that I was able to submit myself to Him in prayer. He drew me to a place of repentance and then showered me with His loving kindness. I am so thankful for His unconditional love. Aren't you?
We will be starting The Gathering: Summer Scripture Memorization on Sunday, May 31st. That's tomorrow! Can you believe it's almost June? We trust you are taking full advantage of this summer sun!