God is good! He is so much better to me than I deserve. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to live his life without the Lord. God is the Creator of all things. If you don’t believe that, look around and see if you can explain the intricacies of the human eye or the theory of relativity or quantum mechanics. Even scientists who have learned so much about the world around us are extremely limited in what they actually understand about the universe.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” (Job 38:4, NIV).
But all creation testifies of the glory of God!
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” Romans 1:20).
So then, why would God take a broken, messed up, sinful person such as I and trade places, so that He takes the punishment for my sin, and I receive mercy and grace?
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
It’s so not fair, and yet I am so thankful that He did. He took my fear and gave me faith.
“‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
He took my blame and gave me freedom.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him” (Isaiah 53:5).
He took my sin and gave me His righteousness.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He took my anger and gave me peace.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
He took my sickness and gave me healing.
“and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5b).
He took my sadness and gave me joy, gladness, and praise!
“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair” (Isaiah 61:1b-3a).
Jesus took my fear of death and gave me the hope of eternity.
“‘…he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces” (Isaiah 25:8a).
Jesus took my need for love and acceptance and filled me completely.
“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:9b-10).
He took my desperate desire for peace and satisfaction and replaced it with His loving arms. He heard my cry for help and gave me hope and security.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11).
I still have problems, but I live for the One who has overcome.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
I still make mistakes. I still need Him to walk me through every minute of the day. But my life is so much better with Him than it ever was without Him.
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:10).
I can still choose to walk in the flesh, but I can also choose to walk in His Spirit.
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires” (Romans 8:5).
Every curse the devil speaks over my life, Jesus answers with a promise.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
When I face a temptation that seems too great, He provides a way out.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
His Word is powerful.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
His Spirit is glorious. His grace is sufficient. His salvation is eternal. Should I fail to take another breath in this life, I will take my next in His very presence.
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
When I am down, He lifts me up. When I am confused, He shows me the way. When I am struggling for answers, He comforts me with His presence. When I have been hurt, abused, or mistreated by others, He is on my side.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b).
All He asks is that I surrender my life to Him. Small price to pay in return, don’t you think?
If you don’t know my Savior Jesus Christ, He is ready, willing, and more than able to get to know you. Won’t you seek the Lord today?
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).
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