In his anger against Israel the LORD handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.
God loves us so much that he went to drastic measures to save us. He sent his Son to die a cruel death on the cross for your sins and mine. And God loves us so much, that he will go to drastic measures to restore us as his children. There are times when God uses crisis to wake us from our spiritual slumber.
God’s love for Israel was undying. He never gave up on them. He never washed his hands of them during their rebellion. But he did get their attention. When they walked away from him, he put obstacles in their path to stop their foolish pursuits. This was not done in anger or malice. His actions were always based on an unconditional love that refused to let go of them.
And so it is with us. When we belong to God, he will never let us go. In our rebellion, he often provides the grace of crisis. Discipline is never pleasant, but in his love he removes us from spiritual danger and puts us on the road back home. That’s real love. That’s true grace.
Father, thank you for the grace of crisis, even when it hurts. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Hope is not a strategy.
Soon is not a timeline.
A colorful presentation is not implementation.
Okay, so something happens at work you don’t especially appreciate. More than just frustrating, it simply wasn’t right. How should you respond? The follower of Jesus should be the best employee. He should be the hardest worker. She should demonstrate skill and efficiency. But remember it’s about more than the job. Jesus uses every aspect of our life to stretch us and grow us into the followers He desires us to be.