Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Do you know Him?

Sometimes I'm just out of words.  Sometimes I just want to sit quietly and ponder what has been, what is and what is to come in my life. I don't have answers to all of life's problems but I do know more each day that God is my reason for living.  He has not only created me but has given me a purpose to live and His strength is made perfect in my weakness.   There are so many hurting people in this world and I often feel helpless when I try to encourage others. Sometimes as I travel on this journey called life, I am simply perplexed.  The truth can get foggy in a world filled with deception and rebellion. 

Recently, I was challenged, once again, as to how I can be so sure that God is real.  The answer to that question is that I have experienced His forgiveness, His peace, His love, and His joy.  No one can talk me out of believing there is a God and that His son Jesus died for my sins.  He came into my life and made a new person out of me.  I think differently, I feel differently and I love differently.  Yes, I still make mistakes when I choose to not trust God and His Word and when I try to do things on my own. However, I am not the same as I was before.  Before Christ, I was broken, insecure, needy, searching for a real love, working hard to be good enough, empty and sad.  On the other hand, one day, at the end of my rope, I cried out in desperation to the One and only true God.  I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that if He didn't save me, I was doomed forever. I was tired of trying to fill that bottomless pit inside of my heart.  I was tired of searching for peace and love in undependable things.  I just wanted Jesus.   During that time, God had mercy on me and granted me repentance and gave me a new heart.  I have joy, peace and hope now where there was once sadness, turmoil and hopelessness. 

I am not called to answer all of the questions to life.  I am not called to make sure everyone is happy, peaceful and joyful.  I am not called to fill the hearts of all who are empty.  However, I AM called to point others to the ONE who can exchange death for life, sadness for joy, shame for security, and weakness for strength.  So, no, I don't have all the answers; but I know the ONE who does and His name is Jesus. Do you know Him?