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Monday, November 12, 2018

A Love Like This

 I have not posted in so long- I have been more focused on writing for publications- I have a Facebook page titled "Ever Upward." It includes all of my published works! With that being said, I apologize. I will also have an updated site by the new year. Let's get to the actual post though, shall we?

Have you ever stopped and paused for a moment to reflect on all the times that God seemed to deliver you from bad circumstances? Did you just happen to walk out of a store that was robbed a few minutes later? Or have you almost gotten into an accident but somehow managed to avoid it at the last minute, wondering how you managed to react in time? Have you come face to face with a criminal and been spared? Or maybe you made a last minute decision that affected your life positively.

I recently did this after seeing God's ever present hand guiding me through a certain situation. And it led to the realization of how many times He has intervened to spare my life- the time I was a victim to a crime, the time I felt someone was following me, the times that I have just missed incidents or an accident. And it got me thinking, just how many times has God spared me from death here on earth that I don't even know about? And Why would He even care about me? was my next question.

The only answer I have to that is the beauty of why we worship God- He loves those who believe in Him, taking very good care of His own. And it's not just that he cares for us. It's that He continues to protect and lead us even when we have failed to obey Him, to be in the Word and in prayer. He has every right to abandon us for failing Him, yet He doesn't. His love remains.

This was seen in the Old Testament when God took care of the Israelites even though they had turned their back against Him and decided to go off and do their own thing. He could have turned His back on them, but He did not.

"For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.' But you were unwilling, and you said, 'No! We will flee upon horses'; therefore you shall flee away . . . the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. " Isaiah 30:15-18

The Israelites decided to live life without God. Imagine turning your back on the person who has delivered you from so many tragedies, who has guided and held you your whole life and instead you basically spit in his face and walk away. They walked away from something good and turned around to live a life without God that appeared good on the surface, but was ultimately a regretful and poor choice. It cost them their life! And yet even through this, God still waited for them to return. He waited for them while they went off and lived in sin. He waited for them to come back and do the right thing.

We don't deserve to be taken care of at all. God is holy. We are far from it. I think about the things I do on a regular basis and the sinful thoughts I have. The times I neglect the Word and prayer. The times something unimportant takes precedence in my life over God. And yet still, this God cares about me, even when I don't seem to care about Him. This is the greatest love I have ever experienced. It's the best love. How could you deny a God who loves you like this?

And so I was left with that, recognizing that with my God, I'm always protected and cared for. No matter what else happens around me, God is always with me. I don't need to worry about a thing. I don't need to fear anything. I can rest knowing that God will take care of me even when no one else will. God's love for us deserves our all.  So I can't just reflect, marvel at it, and then walk away, can I? What a hypocrite I would be! No, I must give Him my all everyday. I must do my best to place Him first in all things. As should you.

I'd encourage you to examine your life and the times that you clearly saw God's hand of mercy and protection upon your life. It's such a convicting and powerful thing to behold, truly life changing. And after reflecting, go out and serve the God who saved you. The God who loves you!