“Bring forth the best robe! Put a ring on his hand! Put shoes on his feet! Kill the fatted calf! Let’s celebrate! My son was lost and now he’s found” (Luke 15:22–24). The father didn’t say one word about his son wasting his wealth on prodigal living. He was just overjoyed that his son came back.
In the same way, God has not given up nor will He ever give up on you. The moment you take a step toward Him, you will find Him running toward you to embrace you.
My friend, when people give up on you, and even when you give up on yourself, I want to assure you that God has not given up on you! He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and this God of grace will never give up on you. His arms are wide open to receive you, freely forgive you and restore you!
“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.” John 8:1
Jesus could not pass by a blind man. When there’s a need, He cannot pass you by. Even if you don’t see your need.
I remember the day after I tried to take my life. Try as I might, I could not die. That morning I went to the bathroom and sat on the toilet bowl; dazed, hopeless, and unmoved. I was thinking of other ways out–the knife? the window? the car? God was the last thing on my mind. Then suddenly a voice came over me and spoke, “Whatever it is, I am with you."
Jesus could not pass me by. I didn’t even think of asking for His help, but He came. Beloved, we serve a faithful God who will not walk pass us without changing, healing, and touching us!
Beloved, stress is not from God. Peace is! Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. Notice Jesus’ second statement. He says that if you want to walk in His peace, then don’t allow your heart to be troubled or afraid.
Ever been too busy to get something done, and then find out that it’s too late when you finally get down to it? As human beings, we live our lives constrained by time. But Jesus, the one who created time, is not time-bound. He always has time for each one of us!
He hears your cries, cares about the little and big things that bother you, and will come and save you. Even when He is “busy”, He has time to stop and minister to you. Even when it seems “too late”, He will still see to it that you get your miracle!
God wants you to seek His kingdom and His righteousness because a life in which you are on the throne is truly a miserable life! God loves you too much to let you live like that. He knows that only with Jesus in the centre of your life will you be fulfilled and safe.