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It’s Saturday evening - Bible time. Have you ever thought what it might be like to not believe in God? It’s easy when life is going well, but when life throws you curve balls, what do you do? Who do you turn to when you need help?
You could turn to family, and they will often help, but sometimes they can’t be there when you need them. They have their own lives to live. Maybe you could rely on your friends. Often, they can be more helpful than family.
But how do you handle those life situations that draw on the deepest reserves you have? What do you do when someone close to you dies? Or someone close to you does something that hurts your heart?
Very few people make themselves available when you need to express your innermost feelings. When your heart is broken and you need someone to hold you close, what do you do? God is always there.Through the easy times and through the hard times.
When your heart is broken, God can mend it. Ps 147:3 When someone has betrayed you, God can comfort you. Ps 41:9-11 Without God, who do you turn to? Who cares enough to pick you back up when you’re down? And who is reliable 100% of the time?
In some ways, I think of dogs being a representation of God. Think about it. They always greet you with excitement, regardless of how you’ve treated them previously. Their tails are wagging, and their jumping up and down. What human does that?
But God does. Every time you call on him, he’s excited for you. Ps 35:7, Ps 147:11
He wants you to prosper and live abundantly. Jn 10:10 He wants you to love him, not to sacrifice for him. Hos 6:6
What human being wants those things for you? Some do at times, but then at other times they could care less. Humans are like tumbleweeds. The slightest breeze makes them disappear. You have to chase after them if you want to keep them.
Yet God waits patiently for you to turn to him. And when you do, he’s excited to see you - every time. No matter what mood you’re in, he’s there to listen and to help. You can’t get that from any human, no matter how much you’re willing to pay for it.
If you pay enough, you can get people who will go through the motions, but both of you will know it’s not genuine. What does God charge? Ro 10:9-10. Confess with you mouth and believe with your heart. That’s it. Once you do that, you can call on him any time, and he’ll answer.
I love my wife. I love my kids. But none of them are as consistent or reliable as God is. Neither are any of my friends. And I have a great family and great friends. Imagine going through life without even that.
But, as a Christian, you have so much more than that. You have God, who is always around, always excited to see you, and always trying to help you prosper in every way, including emotionally. That’s why I’m always thanking him for his love.
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