I prayed with a young woman last night who is walking an incredibly hard road. I was astounded by her lack of bitterness and her pure heart.
I couldn’t help thinking how I wish my faith had been that strong when I was her age. The fruit of the spirit seems so very apparent in her.
And, I began to think how much work the Lord still has to do in my own life.
For the more I seek the perfect, HOLY, Savior, and thirst for righteousness, the MORE I realize how very FAR I have to go.
God bridged a gap between HIS righteousness and my sin by the blood of His Son, and the more I walk with Jesus, the more I realize how incredibly WIDE that gap was.
Even WIDER than I first knew when I understood my need for a Savior.
And the more I understand the mercy and grace this rescue of my soul required of the Father, and the absolute goodness of His Son, the more I realize how very much I fail (sin) daily.
All day long.
And with that, I am tempted to keep my mouth shut. I’m tempted to not write another word.
I feel so inadequate to tell anyone else they need Jesus when I, still, need Him so very much myself!
But, perhaps, it’s also because I’m reminded daily, of my need for Jesus that I know others need Him too.
And, what’s especially incredible to me, and becoming more precious with each passing year, is that, though I fail daily, JESUS CONTINUES to stand with arms open wide to me-thirty something years after I first called on His Name for salvation.
He knew I’d still fight this flesh and fall to stupid sin in this day.
Probably five minutes after I post this.
But what’s also true is God’s rivers of mercy are NEW every morning!
His Word tells us, The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lam 3:22-24)
He is my hope.
Though I still have so very far to go, though I’ve failed Him, and will fail Him again, JESUS HAS NEVER FAILED ME!
Oh friend, He is faithful to finish the good work that He has started in us! (Phil 1:6)
Let’s remember WHO our faith is in!! Not ourselves. Never ourselves!
And even our faith in His faithfulness is a gift He Himself has given! (Eph 2:8-9)
So, with hearts still prone to wander, may those of us who have been forgiven much, love Him much in this day.
May that love spur us on to obey Him, even, and after we’ve failed Him.
Like Peter, may we get up, and strengthen our brothers. (Luke 22:32)
May we keep telling of His goodness! Because we needed it the day we called on Him for salvation and we need it in this day!
May we point, not to ourselves, but to the Savior who alone is worthy of all honor and glory and praise!