January 13, 2018
God’s Love Is Still For Us!
While it may seem that God hides his face from us, it is us that hinders our view of him. We must purposefully override our feelings with our faith during times of difficulty by reminding ourselves of God’s great love and faithfulness towards us. Times when it feels as if sorrows are unending are times that must be given to prevailing prayer. As we continue in prayer, our trust in the goodness of God is renewed and times of rejoicing in his salvation eventually return. Never stop singing praises to God because, the truth is, he always deals bountifully with us – even during the times it seems so far from being noticeable.
Many of us like to target shoot. Good marksmanship requires the sights to be set correctly if the target is to be hit. We must also be steady in our aim and follow-thru. If you are like me, most days I am not able to go to the range and shoot; however, I am still called by God to set my sights, steady my aim, and have good follow-thru. Scripture reveal this calling:
**If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.**
(Colossians 3:1-2 AMP)
Thankfully, our Lord gave us clear directions for setting our sights when he summed up all the Law and Prophets of the Old Testament with the two greatest commandments.
**Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. **
(Matthew 22:36-40 KJV)
All of us should ask ourselves what is most important to us in life. When we start aiming towards the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or the pride of life, we miss the target that God has placed before us (1John 2:16). Considering the two greatest commandments given to us by Jesus, the target God has placed before us could have a bulls-eye labeled “Relational Holiness”. We must value our relationship with God above all else and love our others as ourselves. If we love ourselves above all else, sin results because lust and ungodly pride becomes virtual targets. Virtual targets are never fulfilling in life due to the greater emptiness that results when shot at. Scripture tells us that sin desires to control us but we must not allow it to do so (Genesis 4:7). The best way to defeat sin is by following the example of Jesus Christ. We must allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to live a life of holy love for God, others, and self. Sights not aimed at holy love for God, others, and self will result in a shot that misses the target marked for us by God (Romans 3:23).