The darkest of nights cannot extinguish the smallest of lights. Jesus within us will shine brightly if we allow ourselves to be the lantern through which the world can see Him.
God loves the ugly, the broken, the downhearted, the hopeless, the helpless, the homeless. God loves the unlovely, the awkward, the anxious and the unruly. God loves the difficult, the dirty, the ordinary and the average. No-one is beyond the all encompassing love of God.
God loves to make the uncomfortable, comfortable. He loves to bring order out of chaos and bring a little chaos to our order. God is always the same, but never predictable. He is strong and mighty, and at the same time gentle and caring. He is fast to act, yet slow to anger. He is all encompassing, yet intimate and personable. No wonder He is indescribable!
On the 7th Day God stopped creating. He did not, however, just stop. Not for one single day has God stopped loving, sustaining and caring for His creation. God loves you 24/7 from before you were born and into eternity!
What is the Good News? Do we really believe that the News is Good? Do our lives live out the fact that we have found the answers to many of life’s big questions? Do we live like we’ve truly been rescued from the jaws of death? Moreover, do people seen in us the Good News? Do we show others more Christ or criticism? If they look at us do they see Jehovah or judgement? Do people see in us a glimpse of heaven or just hypocrisy? Our lives are the Gospel message through which people can find Christ – what do our lives say to those around us?
When was the last time you went to Jesus, washed His feet with your tears, dried them with you hair and dressed his feet with the most expensive things that you had?
Prayer is the refocusing of our lives on who and what is most important. It is acknowledging who is in charge and what we owe Him. It’s about giving the glory back!
God is by your side constantly waiting. He is waiting for you to converse with Him. He is waiting for you to acknowledge your need of Him. He is waiting to fill you afresh. He is waiting to wrap you in His love. He is waiting to reassure you and comfort you. He is waiting for you to listen to Him. He is waiting to be all that you need of Him. He is waiting for you to rest in His presence. God is always waiting – will you make Him wait much longer?
We can know God as a mighty creator; We can study God as an historical figure; We can understand God as a King, a ruler and a figure of supreme authority; We can comprehend that God is a judge, a lawgiver and a great High Priest – but it is only through God’s Spirit that we can know him as ABBA, father… Daddy!