A profound thought struck me recently in a discussion with a friend. Isn’t it entirely incredible that the creator God of the universe loved me so much that He sent His only begotten Son to the cross for me despite His knowledge of my sin and failures (past, present, and future). Despite all that, He did it anyway. Not only that, but He loved the whole world of mankind just that much. (Jn 3:16) Christ would have to live perfectly then bear reproach, ridicule, mockery, shame, humiliation, and excruciating physical pain. He had to lay down his physical life all for redemption of those that offend Him so much so often. Think about that. Would you do all that for anyone. Much less for people that sin against you? Would you be that sacrificial and pure in unconditioned love?
Some may be tempted to question God’s goodness at times of struggle and hardship. But remember His love. During current times the world wrestles with pandemic outbreaks and panic lacking hope yet there is, above it all, a wondrous loving Savior. This Savior provides salvation from something far more important than physical distress. He has secured the cure for our death sentence of sin. This penalty results in a sentence of eternal damnation and separation from God forever. Go back to his love. God not willing that any should perish sent His Son to seek and to save. (2 Pet 3:9, Lk 19:10) And, praise the Lord, He has been successful. He stands now with open arms offering this deliverance freely to us upon the merits of Christ. No standing in line is needed. There is no waiting list to receive this cure. Simply accept it by faith. It is based on His gracious love after all, not our merit.
Think of the tragedy of not accepting this free gift. Use the current world situation as an illustration. So often upon realization of need, people run to the stores for goods often times to find that they are too late. Don’t be too late to realize your need of the Savior and accept His salvation by faith. (Acts 16:31) You only have this lifetime to accept it and you do not know how long that will be. The matter is far more urgent than any earthly concern.
For believers, know that your God loved you and loves you now and forever. His love is undying. Walk with a motivated assurance and spring in your step knowing that you are redeemed and no matter what happens you have hope. Believers have the calm assurance that one day we will be with our Savior. We will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. (I John 3:2) No matter what comes about in this fallen world ultimately due to the curse of sin, we can look to fix our minds upon our loving Savior and conquer any situation. We are already conquerors in Him who loved us. (Rom 8:37)
Let peace then reign in your life. Do not be cast about here and there by fear and doubts and worry but rather heed God’s Word. The Bible mentions this principle in Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:. Christ has taken away the power and sting of death itself (Isa 25:8, I Cor 15:55, Heb 2:14, 2 Tim 1:10) and there constantly to make intersession for us. Likewise He can always help with our infirmities (global pandemics included).
Scriptures for inspiration:
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Christ has conquered sin and death motived by love. Will you be motivated by the same love and show it to others? Please remember that is God so loving and His continual love is shown to us that don’t deserve it. Today if you have not trusted Christ as Savior then receive His cure by faith.
I wish you blessing in Christ,