I was sitting here earlier reading to my children a story from their Veggie Tales book. One of the stories is about Jonah. You know, the man who was swallowed by a big fish because of his disobedience. The moral of the entire story is how God gives us second chances even when we disobey.
While reading this, God immediately reminded me of his grace in my life. You see, you never know where a person has been or why they praise God the way they do. Some people may look at my life today and think I’ve had the perfect life, never any issues and was a goodie-girl. But let me break it down to you, oh how untrue that is. There are those who know of another life I once lived… one filled with promiscuity, drunkenness, near prescription drug addiction, depression and I could go on. So, I thank the Lord for his grace in my life. What scared me the most about all of the things I did back in the day was how I ‘knew’ God. I was terrified of him because I knew how real he was. Like Jonah, I decided to disobey. I didn’t want to blame circumstances for my behavior. I knew that my own disobedience was what pushed me further from the Lord. Yet, I allowed myself to indulge in sinful activity that could have taken my life on many occasions. Again, I’m so thankful of God’s grace.
I wanted to share with you today a simple message. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re going through. If you knew God but found yourself struggling in your faith. If you find yourself constantly gripped by a stronghold. If you find yourself back at square-one over and over again. If your situation is leaving you depressed and questioning your life’s existence. I want you to know something that’s simple and true.
God loves you and is waiting for you to give it all to him.
I personally know what it feels like to feel rejected over and over again, to feel depressed, lonely, hurt, enslaved by addiction and lost in struggles that seem hard to shake. It’s not easy. However, if you are reading this, it means God has already given you a second chance because you are alive. It’s not God’s will that we perish, but that we all come to repentance and the acceptance of Jesus Christ. He can meet us right where we are. Once we let go of it all, God will wipe away our tears and give us a fresh start. I don’t know about you, but I can personally vouch for the blessing of being in the will of the Lord. Though my life still isn’t perfect, I know that a life that’s dedicated to following the truth of God’s word is far better than one trying to escape life’s trials on its own.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
James 4:8 “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you”
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