See You In The Morning!

Matthew 5:3 (ESV)
3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 (NLT)
3  “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Do we ever really see our need for God? God has created us, He gives us every breath that we breathe, He’s responsible for every heartbeat of our heart, He blesses us with things that we take for granted, and yet by our nature, we reject his advances towards us. All throughout the Bible, we see where God desires to be with us. The Bible is full of story after story that illustrates that as well as statements that clearly express his desire to draw us close to him.

I woke up this morning thinking about wanting to spend time with Him by opening his word. I actually went to bed last night thinking about my time that I would spend with him this morning. I couldn’t wait to get up this morning, take my shower, and sit down at the table with my Bible to see what He wanted to say to me this morning. Interestingly, this is the passage that I came to; “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for him.”

Let me stop you before you begin to think that I go to bed every night thinking this way and wake up every morning feeling this way. To my shame, I don’t.  I must confess that too often I allow life to pull me in so many different ways that I forget my dependency upon the Lord. I often become so selfish and worldly that I begin to think too highly of myself and begin to carry on with life as I see fit. I don’t always want to consult with Him nor do I sometimes care what He wants. Again, to my shame, I know that breaks his heart.

My question is, “why does He continue to love me when I do that, why doesn’t He punish me?”  The answer is found in a couple of different places in scripture;

Romans 5:8 (NASB)
8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:1 (ESV)
1  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

1 John 3:1 (NASB)
1  See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

There it is! He loves us and that love doesn’t depend upon how we act or don’t act. He loves us with a love that you and I can only understand to a small degree. On those days when I don’t choose to spend time with Him as I should, He doesn’t get mad at me and turn away from me. It’s really not a matter of whether or not He is disappointed in me or displeased with me. The issue here is why do I cheat myself of the joy that comes from being with Him.

 I don’t want to spend another day not realizing just how poor in spirit that I truly am. I want to draw close to Him each and every day as I walk through the rest of my life. This life holds much trouble and uncertainty as to what lies ahead. I want to walk so close to Christ that regardless of the noise of life, I can still hear his whisper as He leads me through the challenges of life. I pray this for you as well.

“Thank you Lord for reminding me of my depravity and your sufficiency.”

Pastor Ralph

             

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