What I Read Today;
1 Thessalonians 5; John 2; Isaiah 37; Psalm 70; Deuteronomy 3-4
I admit that there have been times in my life where my relationship with God wasn’t what it should have been. I have built walls to insulate myself from God. At times in my life, I let my career get in between God and myself, I let pleasure get in the way of my relationship with God, and even the church got in between me and my spiritual life. Yes, the church.
I think that’s how it goes with most people. Our relationship with Jesus isn’t a flat line that never changes. Stress, joy, and sadness all cause our spiritual lives to have peaks and valleys.
In Deuteronomy 4, God speaks about times when the Jewish nation will turn from God. These will be dark times. Times when there will be great pain. Times when people will wonder where God is.
But God isn’t the one who moved away. We moved away.
In Deuteronomy 4 verses 29-31, God promises that no matter how far we run away from God, he will always be there waiting for our return. No matter how far we drift, he will be there to pick up the broken pieces of our lives and put them back together.
Deuteronomy 4:29-31, “From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. In your distress, when all these things have happened to you in time to come, you will return to the Lord your God and heed him. Because the Lord your God is a merciful God, he will neither abandon you nor destroy you; he will not forget the covenant with your ancestors that he swore to them.” NRSV