Then I met Jesus, and the Bible became alive, and I suddenly saw the “good” verses. Deuteronomy 28 begins with a long passage of all the ways God wants to bless us. Why did I not see that before? That is Abba’s (Hebrew for Father) heart for mankind, always forgiving, always wooing us to come home. Abba is the Father of the Prodigal Son story looking every day for years for His son’s return, so that seeing him returning, Father began running toward that son when he was still way down the road. Abba wants us to return to have that personal relationship with Him.
God is love! Many know, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that those who believe in Him will have everlasting life.” How many know what comes after that verse? “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Do you see the love, the compassion? Jesus said, “I came to give you life, life in all its fullness.”
My own mother later in life joined a church that was religious and full of rules. One day she got sick and missed church. She was totally distraught.
“It’s OK Mom, God will forgive you.”
“Oh, you don’t understand. It’s like climbing a ladder toward Heaven. If I don’t read my Bible or miss going to church, I slip down the ladder, now I have to make that up.”
“Mom, it says in Ephesians, ‘By grace are you saved, not by good works, so that man cannot boast.”
Calling friends and family, reading Facebook, many are expressing their fear of what’s happening. “Adonai does not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of love, joy and discipline.” I read my Bible daily until Abba’s Voice speaks to me. Therein is peace, joy, hope, stability, healing, wisdom, how to raise children, how to manage relationships. Daily recalibration gives me more strength, patience, kindness, love, gentleness. Try it! Stay safe!