Tuesday, April 16, 2013

please pray first




Please pray first for the families of the victims and the injured in the bombing yesterday in Boston, Mass.

The tragedy in Boston always brings to the forefront the argument that there is no God.  Well, I for one, still believe that there is a God and He is still at work in this world.  But I am saddened by the number of people who ignore MY God until there is a tragedy like the one in Boston and then throw up their hands and wonder where He is.

A tragedy like the one in Boston yesterday is a firm reminder that I do NOT have it all figured out and that I need God.  Not that He has abandoned us.  

Do you truly know my Jesus?  He is with me whether I am scared, hurt, disappointed and grieving . . . or elated, happy and celebrating.  These things are hard to fathom during a time of great tragedy, but what is even harder for me to wrap my brain around, is facing this world without the one true God.  

When you know your name is written in the book of life, what can scare you?  Knowing that nothing, not even death, can separate you from the God of the universe is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going.  

    Romans 8:38-39
    So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. 

I'm just sayin'.

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4 comments:

  1. God never promised us an easy life. Yet we think he must have.

    He has promised to be with us. But we doubt that.

    God doesn't stop all the bad things from happening. And unless we view life in light of eternity, the pain of this world doesn't make sense.

    I can't imagine life on my own, without God's perspective. I'm thankful for his grace in my life.

    Great post.

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