Sorry for the late hour. It has been a long week between work and the kids’ activities. So let’s get to it.
I haven’t had much time to get things together but I have had plenty of time to think and pray. My thoughts this week have reminded me how I am human. We all are. We are Christians but in the end, we are all human. Being Christian doesn’t make us less sinful. Some would say it does but the fact of the matter is that we are human regardless.
We are doing a bible study series on the book of Judges right now. I will not be quoting any scripture this time around but I encourage you to give the whole book a read. To sum it up, it is the story of Israel doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord and then HE raises up a judge (deliverer) to save them from their oppression. Israel goes through this cycle of crying out to God to save them, God saves them, there is peace and things are great, Israel FORGETS about God, Israel is oppressed again. God has such an unwavering faithfulness to Israel despite their mishaps. It is such an in-depth book and can teach us so much about our lives as Christians.
Many of us go through a very similar cycle. There is no such thing as more Christian or less Christian than someone else. We are Christians and we are human. But no matter what God stays faithful to us. There are times in my life where I am just on fire for God and I feel HIS presence constantly. There are other times that I feel disconnected and distracted. But when I cry out to HIM, HE has me on fire again. Is it because God leaves us when we let life distract us? Does HE leave us when we forget about HIM? We don’t like to admit that we forget HIM but the cold hard reality is that we do. We can’t help ourselves. It is certainly not HIM that forgets about us or leaves us. We are the ones that forget him.
But as a Christian we know that there is only one place to turn. We turn our hearts to HIM. When we do he restores us, and gives us peace. We cry out and he is there. There is that unwavering faithfulness of God. Yes, we know of HIS love and mercy and grace. But how often do we think about HIS faithfulness to us? When I really stopped to think about it this week I realized how cruel I really am to God. I cry out and HE is there and then after a while I let it fizzle out because, as a human being, I don’t think I have a reason to because of the peace I feel. I know HE does not flinch when I do this but I cannot help but feel like I am putting God through this vicious cycle. What would we do if someone you loved came to you in need then after a while forgot about you and what you had done just to come back later in need again? We would not have the faithfulness to continue to do this repeatedly because our hearts would break. But because of HIS love, mercy, grace, justice, patience, and FAITHFULNESS, HE always restores us!
Maybe this speaks to some of you tonight because you need to cry out. Because you have forgotten HIM. Maybe you feel ashamed to cry out to HIM again because you have done it too many times over the years. First, you are not alone. I have felt that way myself and will probably feel that way again at some point. Finally, and most importantly, HE has such an unwavering FAITHFULNESS to you that there is no reason to feel ashamed. No reason to not cry out. Worship HIM tonight because of that faithfulness. For even though we forget HIM and sin against HIM and allow life to distract us, HE is always there! HE is always faithful!