I don’t know about you, but I spent a great deal of my life afraid of God. I just knew I was as guilty as Eve and that God was, indeed, out to get me. In my mind I had him riding on the clouds with a magnificent white scorecard saying I just didn’t add up to heaven material. I was a major screw-up – I knew it, he knew it. Game over. I was doomed.
Then something miraculous happened. I had gotten myself into such a predicament that I hit as low a bottom as possible. All the tea in China couldn’t bail me out of this impossible situation. I found myself in my backyard sitting in a mound of mud crying my guts out and begging for help from the omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, all-powerful I AM. And you know what? He heard me. As I sat covered in muck and tears I heard a voice saying as gentle as a breeze… “It’s going to be alright.”
And you know what happened? God made straight my paths, fixed my problem and truly got my attention. This is the good news and what should be preached from every pulpit and street corner. Our God is a close and personal God. He isn’t out there somewhere. NO. He resides in our heart. The big obstacle is our preconceptions of him.
2 Cor. 10:3-6 puts it this way: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
There are forces we can’t see that want us to believe that we are worthless and unloved by God. But that isn’t the truth. Scripture tells us in Psalm 139, “He knit us together in our mother’s womb.” We should repeat every day “God loves me.” Romans 8:38-39 puts it this way: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
None of us are worthy of this great love, but it is ours for the keeping anyway. That is the GOOD NEWS. So turn that frown upside down and rejoice in it. Eat it up. Wallow in it and let the God of the universe love you from the top of head to your toes.
So, if you haven’t taken the big leap of faith. Get down on your knees right where you are and say: “I need you Lord, help me with my life, show me what I need to do.” Then watch and listen to why faith matters. A close and personal God loves us. Yes, he is the creator of the universe – but he also created you, and you matter greatly to him.