God of the Living

God of the Living

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I’m reading a book by Mark Batterson called “If.” In the first chapter, Batterson lays out the premise of much of the book. He says, “Righteousness is more than doing nothing wrong—it’s doing something right (emphasis his). It’s not just resisting temptation—it’s going after God-ordained opportunities. Holiness by subtraction is playing not to lose. Righteousness is going all in with God. It’s playing to win. It’s living as if the victory has already been won at Calvary’s cross. And it has.”
Batterson bases the book on one of my favorite all-time chapters in the Bible…Romans 8. And the key verse for the book is Romans 8;31. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” What more powerful text in all of Holy Scripture can there be to assure us that going “all in” with God is a winner every time? What more assurance do we need than this?
I don’t know about you, but I have trouble relating this to myself. Oh, I’ve seen people who seem to exude such confidence in God and in their relationship with Him that it seems that nothing…NOTHING can ever sway them from the path. I, on the other hand, seem to have a problem with that. It seems like there’s always some thing or some one that’s standing right in my way ready to entice me off of the path and on to some side path where I really don’t want to go, but am tempted to do so anyway.
Is that the way you too feel sometimes? Do you have days, moments, or months when no matter how much you want to trust God’s awesome power and protection, you just can’t seem to wrap yourself around Him? You want to believe that you are enveloped in the arms of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, but you instead feel like you’re falling down a bottomless pit. You are aware of Paul’s talking about his “light and momentary troubles” that don’t compare to the “glory that is to be revealed,” but at the moment, your troubles are anything but light or momentary.
If so, join the chorus. I think we all, even those I talked about earlier who exude all the confidence in the world, have our moments…have our days…our months. We all have times when it just doesn’t seem to be worth it. We are down, discouraged, and broken.
But that’s OK too. Because it is at these times when we can best see that power of the Creator. We can best experience the love of the Savior. We can best feel the warmth of the love of God. Because it is at those times, when He picks us up, dusts us off, and sends us on down the right path that we recognize the all-encompassing compassion, heart, redemption, and love of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…the God of the living.

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