How many times have you gotten caught up in work, school, family, business, hobbies or any of life’s ‘extracurricular’ activites and one day looked up only to feel that you have drifted far away from God? What about when you go through the phases of looking at your bible in sheer obligation, where you know you need to read it but just can’t bring yourself to? So many other pressing obligations seem to shadow spending time with God. Have you opened your eyes one day to realize that you’ve stopped praying, stopped listening, and stopped spending time with God? To be honest, I have. It was like one of those many ‘new years resolutions’ that you make, to read and study and spend more time with God and then… life gets in the way.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God
First we must remember that the times we wake up feeling miles away from God, that nothing can separate us from His love. This means we can never wander away far enough to where God cannot reach out to us. So if nothing can separate us…then why do we feel distant? It is because WE separate ourselves. We let our lives get in the way of our relationship, and wind up unintentionally putting God on a back burner. Or, we find ourselves so deep in sin we become to ashamed to turn back to the God who so faithfully brought us out before. In the midst of these pitfalls we could fall into the doubt that God would still love us after all that we have done.
We must remember that nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God, and as long as we are alive, it is never too late to get right back up and get back on track. When we take one step towards God, God takes a huge step towards us and fills the gap.
Life... our lives are filled with dreams and desires, goals that we tend to spend a lot of time and effort trying to bring to life. Sometimes we spend more time trying to make our goals a reality, then spending time doing God's work. But what does God say about this?
We have read the above scripture more than once…but have we really took time to understand what it means? It is God telling us that if we just get into His word, pray to Him and focus on Him, that He will simply GIVE us all the things we are spending our time trying to give to ourselves. That GIVE God our time and attention, and He will GIVE us our desires. Now who but our wonderful loving God would make a trade like that?
Dear Lord, let us turn our attention back on You, and put the time and effort we have carelessly used elsewhere to furthering Your Kingdom. And Lord, should we have fallen short, please forgive us of all our sins and remove our guilt and shame. Let us remember that no matter what You love Your children, and wait with open arms for us to return. Amen.
Till Next Time
Amanda of AstriaLegends