Wow, it’s already December. What a sweet, unexpected, hard year it’s been. As the faithful Father He is, God has been with me during every tear and time of joy.
It’s 1:00 AM and I can’t sleep so here goes what’s hopefully something…
Today, and recent events, have really got me thinking about God’s grace in such a hateful, crime-filled world. It is only by God’s grace that He has not come back yet. If you’re wondering what I mean by that, think about it this way: Every day, God gives us new opportunities to share the gospel and to bring glory to His name in the midst of such hate. There are so many people in this world who do not know Jesus Christ–and we are supposed to be the hands and feet of Him. I don’t know about you, but it’s very hard for me to imagine loved ones or anyone else in this world spending an eternity in hell. As much as I long to be with Jesus, I can’t imagine Him coming back today leaving millions of people unsaved. And because of that, I believe that’s why He hasn’t come back–because He loves us, even the worst of sinners and the unsaved, so much that He wants to give us more time to seek and fulfill His purpose for our lives. I don’t want to look back on my life and realize that I didn’t bring glory to His name, when ultimately that’s the only reason why He breathes life into me. I want every breath that I take to be glorifying to the One most high, not for my own reputation, but for His kingdom.
I despise what is going on in the world today. I read an article today titled, There have been more mass shootings than days in 2015. I think to myself and wonder, “how in the world is that possible? Why does God allow these things to happen?” But, as a firm believer that God is sovereign over everything, I cannot even begin to let my mind wonder there. If we continue to ask ourselves why God allows these things to happen, we are questioning his sovereignty. Does this hurt God? Yes. Does he want this to happen? No. But is He there for every person hurting? Yes.
It is only by God’s sweet, sweet grace that he has not come back to save the world. Put your mind in this perspective and let this be an encouragement to share the gospel in broken places. We need Jesus. This world needs Jesus.
Psalm 34:18 He is near to the broken hearted and he saves those who are crushed in spirit.