Focus: The blessing of having the Lord in your life
Romans 5:8-9 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
If you know the Lord and you think you have it bad…try to imagine what your life would be like right now…without Him. Often we don’t fully appreciate His power in trying circumstances until much later, when we look back and realize how He truly carried us through a time that otherwise would have been unbearable.
I remember when our country went to war with Iraq in 1990. During operation ‘Desert Storm’ in 1991, there was a huge response of patriotism and prayer by the American people. Everywhere you turned you’d see signs that said, ‘Pray For Our Troops”. Even newscasters would encourage viewers to pray for the safety of those in active duty.
When the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, there were many appeals to pray for those who were missing and for the families of those who had lost loved ones. Members of the clergy rushed to the scene and were welcomed to aid those who were involved in disaster relief. Prayer was highly desirable and openly requested.
When an earthquake or a devastating hurricane strikes, many people turn to God.
It’s sad how it takes times of intense conflict for people to fall on their knees—but another thing to think about is the people who don’t believe in God, Jesus, or prayer. How do they make it through devastating times of crisis? What would life be like right now for you without your faith?
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Faith in God gives us a reason to believe in a better future—but faith also gives us the courage we need to face discomfort, financial stress, loss of a loved one, health problems, devastation, rejection, loneliness, and times when we may be struggling to understand the meaning of life.
When you know the Lord, there is never a moment when you can’t tell Him how you feel. He is always there for you. He loves you with an everlasting love that is deeper than the love of any human being. He designed you with a need for Him, that only He can fill.
When people go through life refusing to acknowledge the position the Lord should have in their heart—they are never fully satisfied. They go from one relationship to another, thinking they must be missing something they have yet to find in a person.
Many married people grow to resent their mate because their needs aren’t being met—when truly, no person will ever meet all of our needs. Thinking that your spouse is going to completely be the answer to all the cries of your heart, is putting way too much pressure on them. No wonder so many marriages end in divorce today.
When two individuals are firmly grounded in their relationship with the Lord—apart from each other—their relationship is much more stable. They aren’t expecting unrealistic things from their mate. Their fulfillment is in the Lord. They are completely satisfied in Him—so why would their relationship with each other ever be in crisis?
A person who is alone and not happy about it should seek the Lord all the more for a closer relationship with Him. It’s not reasonable to think that once you find a person who makes you happy, that your relationship with the Lord will suddenly bloom. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then your other needs will be met.
So many people only turn to the Lord for their needs. When they are in trouble of some kind—they are praying night and day—but then when things start to straighten out a little bit, they forget about God until the next time they have a problem. What a loss.
I’ve never known a time when my Jesus ever failed me—or a moment when I needed Him and He just wasn’t there. I’ve never had a heartache and had to bear it all alone because my Jesus didn’t understand despair. Never in my time of sorrow, have I had to face tomorrow, knowing no one who could comfort me or care. No, I’ve never suffered trials by myself because my Savior wouldn’t share. I am so thankful that through the good and bad times of my life—God is with me and He is all I need.
Declaration: I will find new strength by cultivating quality time with the Lord. Everything in my life will improve when I give Him His proper place of priority and concentrate on the blessing and privilege it is to know Him and have Him in my life.