Don’t Take it Back
Each day, I try to spend time in prayer and reading the word of God. Sometimes as I mediate on God and his word, my heart leaps as his words jump out at me, teaching me, and uplifting me while giving me the strength to keep going. Other times, I prayed, read the bible, and nothing really exciting happened; I got no answers to my outcries to God. Over the years when those seemingly dry times came to me, it was as if a part of me thought God was asleep. Then, I tried to take my life back into my own hands, and do the things I wanted. Most of time, I ended up doing something contrary to God’s will and it often ended, not as I expected. Nevertheless, God in his goodness was always there to pick me up, and help me get back on course because His call on my life, and everyone else, is without repentance
When I made a mistake, of course then my own thoughts convicted me against God’s love and when conviction fell upon me, I wondered how God could be so patient with me, still love me, and want to help me live a good healthy life. How can God love someone like me? I asked myself? One day many years ago, thoughts of defeat and depression running rampant in my mind, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance two things about God’s love I want to share with you.
God is love, He loves unconditionally, which is the reason that He came down in flesh as Jesus to die for us. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (KJV) 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Secondly, my precious Friend and teacher the Holy Spirit reminded me of a man in the bible that loved God. Like me, he was not perfect. Although this man knew God’s destiny for his life, and he understood that his blessing of prosperity and health where from God, he still made a mistake, or committed a sin which would plague him for the remainder of his days. This man had everything that we today desire; wealth, power, and love from those around him, but the fallen nature of his flesh persuaded him to take another man’s wife. The worse part was, after getting her pregnant he killed her husband to keep his little indiscretion a secret.
Of course, many of you know that I am talking about King David. A king of the people of Israel in the Old Testament of the bible; having so much prosperity, rest from his enemies, and no battles to fight, I guess he grew bored; (David had many wives and concubines, he did not lack physical companionship.)
King David loved God, and when he committed the sin against God, he fell to his knees and begged forgiveness. When the prophet rebuked him, King David did not try to make any excuses for his actions; he knew he was wrong. Most importantly he did not live in his conviction, run away from God, or try to hide from Him because he felt himself unworthy to be loved by the Almighty. Although there were consequences because of what he did, the child did die, King David took his trials patiently, moved on, and continued to love God. God continued to love him as well, blessed his family, and David lived a long prosperous life. Solomon, the second son of the woman whose husband he killed, became king after King David’s death; not only king, but one of the richest to ever live.
Romans 8:38-39 (KJV) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Like David, sometimes there are unfavorable consequences to our actions when we try to do things our own way; but also like David, God helps us through our self-triggered problems and waits on the other end with a blessing. We need only ask for his help, continue to trust, and believe in His desire to help to see an answer to our prayers.
. Romans 8: 28 tells me, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Don’t Take it Back