I have index cards with Bible verses to use for reflection and memorization. Today I noticed a pattern of Scripture that focused on Who God is, what He offers, and how we can choose to react to Him. One of the verses I have often been stuck on is; For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18 HCSB).
So often I think of the people in my life and how my heart longs for them to understand the love God has for them, the desire He has to have a relationship with them. Yet they don’t want anything to do with Him because He may require them to let go of the control they have over their lives. They cannot imagine giving up the wheel to their ship. God might ask them to do something they cannot do, or more importantly, God might tell them to give up something or someone they like.
I know that God may very well call them to do something they never expected to do. He may want them to let go of a relationship or even a job, but it is because He can see farther on. God knows what He has planned for them, for us, and He wants to give us His best, not His leftovers.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16 HCSB).
God alone has the power to heal, to restore, to break the chains that bind us, to pull us out of the waters that threaten to drown us. God alone is able to forgive us of our sins, to clean our very souls. We may try all of our lives to fix the brokenness we have within us. I have watched loved ones turn to alcohol, sex, porn, and shopping, all in the name of numbing the hurt they feel.
I have experienced God’s healing hand in my own life. Taking away the shame and pain of rape, poor relationship choices, and the blindness of alcohol-hazed nights. My precious hubby has battled Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder most of his life. Only in the past few years has he started to dig out of the pit he has been in for so long. God has moved and brought both of us healing that we have always sought, but never found on our own.
But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one, (2 Thessalonians 3:3 HCSB).
I knew I could not be made whole, unless God was involved. I had tried to “fix” myself a number of times. Each time brought nothing but sorrow and a sense of failure. Jesus alone and the power of Christ made me whole.
Best Beloved, I have been a fool of the world. I have been what the world would call a “fool for Christ.” I know where I have been in the past and where I am going now.
I choose being a fool for Christ.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me (2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB).
I pray this will be true for you, Dear Ones.