Have you ever wondered how God judges us in the end of our lives? Could it be that rather than looking at all of our brokenness, mistakes and sins, perhaps, instead, he looks at our spiritual 'bank account,' as He reviews our 'love account' to see how many caring deposits we have made out over our lifespan in His Holy Name? One has to wonder. For He is a God of surprises, a patient God, one who accepts his prodigal sons and daughters back, time and again. What love!
Have you ever wondered how God judges us at the end of our lives?
People often ask me why I write this devotional blog, and in a word, I can say I write it to glorify God and to share with others about God's enduring Love for each and every one of us. God's Love is everlasting and unconditional, and there for all of humanity. I believe that when we embrace His Love, we are far more able to live peace-filled, loving, joy-filled lives and maximize our wellness in body, mind, and spirit. The benefits are endless!
Through prayer, with God's help, we are better able to face insurmountable odds, and difficult situations, with far more confidence, patience, persistence, courage, and holy boldness than we could possibly muster on our own, left to our own devices. Then it is vitally important to be still, waiting for God's loving answers to our prayers, as we wait for Him to move in our lives, while recognizing He is in control. For in solitude, with technology turned off, is where and when we can hear God's answers to our prayers in a way we can understand. Actually, sometimes when we do too much to try to remedy situations on our own, we can get in the way of God's working things out for the good for us, hence negatively affecting the outcome. We need to remember that regardless of what we do, we can never be separated from God as His love is enduring. I think this Bible verse really says it all about the Love of God for you and for me:
'Romans 8:38-39' (New International Version -NIV)
In essence, God's Love for us is far greater than we can comprehend! It is interesting to note that God has given us all free will, but we must be good stewards of that divine privilege. When we seek Jesus with all our hearts, and ask Him to be in charge of our daily lives, we are agreeing to serve Him with all we have. But it is a choice each of us must make on our own. No one can ever be forced to turn to God. Yet, He stands in wait for our trusting Him, our pleading on behalf of ourselves and others, and for our gratitude for the abundant blessings that He so generously bestows on all who seek Him in earnest.
When we are willing to turn our free will over to God, everything we do, everything we are, every plan we have, every relationship, every situation; when we can hand over our concerns and weaknesses, and even our failures, to Jesus in every situation and relationship, only then can He remedy our lives, working in and through us, to effect the best outcomes and help us grow in the gift of faith.
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