I just got back from church (Apex) a couple of hours ago, and there was a passage that Rob mentioned in his sermon that really spoke to me... so I turned to highlight it in my Bible, only to realize that it had, on a previous occasion, already been highlighted! I love how God will use something in your life on one occasion and then reaffirm it sometime down the road on another occasion. Anyway, I thought I would share with you:
"Come, let us return to the Lord, for He has torn us,
but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will
bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will
raise us up on the third day, so let us know, let us
press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as
certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the
rain, like the spring rain watering the earth". Hosea 6:1-3
This past month of January, I have really struggled with my faith and my Christianity; I have wrestled and struggled, questioned and probed, and, in short, doubted everything that I had previously believed about God. I never actually got to the point of doubting my salvation, because I knew that I desired to know God more intimately and follow Him more faithfully, and thus, I knew that even the presence of that desire in my life was a reflection of God's image and work within me. However, I did doubt how involved or interested God was in my life. Does He personally give me every breath, or did He just create me with the physical capability to breath? Did He ordain, plan, and know that I would slip and fall on the ice, or did I just fall on the ice because that's the way things go? In short, I kind of got to the point where I thought maybe I was wrong in my thinking about the nature of God... maybe He is just the "guy upstairs", who wound us up and let us go!?
No! Thank the Lord for His faithfulness and for His word, through which, I have been given new hope! God is the perfect provider and sustainer, and He is involved in our lives on a momentary basis! Just look at all of the stories that have been posted on this blog; God does take an interest in our daily, routine, mundane lives! He cares so much that He tears and wounds us, so that He can personally heal and bandage us; He owes us nothing, but yet He dedicates Himself to interceding on our behalf! Therefore, let us return to Him; He is as dependable as the rising of the sun and the cycle of the seasons, and He is as refreshing and rejuvenating as the spring rains! Therefore, I will trust in Him, and I will find my hope in His faithfulness... no matter what my professors, friends, or anyone else says... I will return to the Lord, pressing on to know Him more fully!