We all go through times where God feels distant, maybe even unreachable, or where we know we have strayed and feel shame in returning to His undeserved mercy and grace. Though I know this is very normal in the day to day life of a believer, I also believe that we must recognize it as soon as we can and must also not allow it to take hold. The distance that we perceive is often a result of our incremental steps away from Him (a little less prayer each day, a little less time in the Word) til we get to a place that is cold and unfamiliar and we long for intimacy with Him again. This takes a little bit of uncomfortable realization, but is worth is worth the hard work to get back on the right path. And if today you are carrying around the shame of unrepented sin, there is no better time than now to let Jesus break that chain and give you back your life and freedom.
We cannot be usable vessels when our will continually overthrows God’s will for us. It can be difficult to discern God’s will, but I believe that is by design. Jesus tells us that when we seek Him, we find Him. It’s simple in theory, but it takes work and dedication, it takes introspection and it’s often uncomfortable to let light shine on the dark areas that we try to keep hidden. But who are we kidding, God sees it. It’s best to deal with it now.
always ever easy or comfortable, but it’s always better. Always.
Lord, today speak to us and through us. Give us the strength and desire to seek and serve only You. Help us to cast off the chains of sin, which leads ultimately to eternal separation from You, and let us be renewed by Your grace and mercy. Let us think of You first, others next, and ourselves last. Help us today to grow in You and be used for Your glory. Amen.