What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 1; Matthew 17; Ezekiel 3; Psalm 138; 2 Samuel 3

We hear the story of Jesus’ transfiguration as we read Matthew 17.

The disciples had to be stunned as they witnessed Jesus assume a portion of his heavenly body.  Then they glimpse Moses and Elijah.  Peter, not wanting the scene to end, offers to build shelters for all of them, so they could remain on the mountaintop.

Then they heard the voice of God.  With a few spoken words from God, the disciples could feel the holiness of God.  The disciples immediately knew how unworthy they were to be standing on that mountain.

We are born with the understanding that we are unworthy to be in God’s presence. Our consciences tell us we are failures in God’s eyes.  Our consciences are what keep many of us from turning to God.  Deep inside, we know that we don’t measure up to God’s holy standards.

Yet God made us spiritual beings.  He gave us a desire to commune with God himself.  When our guilt and shame cause us to turn away from God, that leaves a hole in our lives.  We make efforts to fill that hole.  But in the end, we’re left empty.

That’s why our society sees so much depression and anger.  We become frustrated when we attempt to fill the hole in our lives with pleasure, career, or other means.

Like Peter, James, and John, we wind up in the fetal position hiding our face from God.  We try and cover our guilt and shame at that moment because it’s all we have left when we find ourselves in God’s Holy presence.

Then the gentle voice of Jesus tells us to not be afraid.  Jesus gives us the hope that we needn’t fear God any longer.  In our guilt and shame, he touches us and tells us, “trust me, I’ve got you.”

Just like the disciples, we are stunned at the grace and mercy that Jesus has given us.  We also are humbled at what he gave up to save us.  We can’t understand or comprehend the lengths of the love that Jesus has shown each one of us.

As we go about our day today, consider the love and grace of our savior.  Pass his love and grace to someone who needs it.  Show grace and mercy to those around you.

Jesus is asking you to help calm the fears of those in need!

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