03 Jan 2018
The writer Helen Wodehouse said, “We think we must climb to a certain height of goodness before we can reach God. But He [God] does not say, ‘At the end of the way you may find me’; He says, ‘I am the Way; I am the road under your feet, the road that begins just as low down as you happen to be.’ If we are in a hole, the Way begins in the hole. The moment we set our face in the same direction as His, we are walking with God.”
Many of us wake up each morning feeling that God could never love us. People we trusted sometimes sexually abused us as children and then afterward angrily told us we were worthless. As adults, we often stayed in abusive relationships, hopelessly searching for love. We misguidedly thought that if we treated our abusers better, we could earn their love.
Many of us view a relationship with a loving God in the same twisted way. We mistakenly feel we must “be good” to earn His love. Nothing is further from the truth!
God does not care where we have been; He is concerned only about where we are going. He searches for us and meets us where we are. God comes alongside us at the most depressing moment of our lives and whispers that He loves us, forgives us, and believes in us (see John 3:16; Jeremiah 29:11). We can trust those words!
We can experience God’s redeeming love. We can cop to the sin in our lives and turn away (repent) from it (see 1 John 1:9). When we confess and change direction, we will be on the right road. His genuine, authentic love will flood our hearts as we walk in His direction.
07 Dec 2015
Sinful behavior is frequently the result of many thoughts and actions. Sin isn’t a one-shot deal! Life-destroying sin is the result of many little sins feeding on one another until Satan has messed us up.
Satan messed up some of our marriages with adultery. Maybe our spouses were overweight or no longer as romantic as they once were. Our lustful hearts whispered to us that we deserved better than the partner God blessed us with. With that thought, the devil laid a small seed of sin that ultimately resulted in our unfaithfulness.
We may be reading this meditation in the courthouse awaiting trial or a motel after our wives threw us out…again! We may be wondering how we landed here…again. It started with feeling we had no one who understood us. Self-pity set in, along with the desire to be noticed. We craved acceptance, and self-centeredness dominated our thinking. To draw attention to ourselves and impress others, we gambled our paycheck to impress a lady. Small, sinful thoughts grew into sinful actions. Brokenness was the result.
Sin works in very subtle, sneaky, and dangerous ways. To be aware of sin’s evil nature and horrendous consequences is just the first step in our war against it. It’s like preparing to go off to war in the military. We know it’s going to be dangerous. But knowing that fact alone is not enough. Knowing it is dangerous makes us want to prepare for the danger. We train and discipline ourselves for the battles we know are coming.
In our Christian life we must move from knowing how sin works to training for battle with it. We can start by memorizing Scripture passages, praying for the Holy Spirit’s help in our time of need, and surrounding ourselves with Christian friends.