Tuesday, 5/4/21 – “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!”

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!

Our home has a fairly open floor plan from front door, through entry, hallway, kitchen, dining and living areas. The flooring varies, but all of it is smooth and carpetless. Our granddaughter loves this feature and when she comes to visit she makes full use of it. After a running start at the entry across about one third the expanse, she will crash to her knees in that invincible manner only the very young (and some intoxicated teenagers) dare, and slide on her leggings full way to the patio sliding doors! “Its ‘slidey‘ grammy,” I once heard her squeal with wide-grinned delight.

Mind you, we do warn her of the dangers involved in this activity. “Not so hard on your knees dear, you’ll hurt yourself!” But it is generally a fruitless caution. Fun trumps compliance most every time.

At other times true accidents may happen: a stumble… a slip on ice… a trip over a startled cat… she falls, is wounded (in either pride or patella) cries, and we race to comfort.

There is a difference in these two “fallings.” The first is premeditated, the second is unexpected. The first is intentional, the second accidental. Though tears from both will receive comfort from adults, the first most often also includes a caution: “See… you should have listened… “

This demonstrates in part at least how God lovingly, yet sternly at times, treats us. His desire is always our best interest, but sometimes we don’t see it as such. Still, the promise is this: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). God is FOR us. He wants always to help us up again, set us on our feet, and enjoy this world within the parameters He has lovingly set for us.

Law One of that enduring basic evangelism tool, The Four Spiritual Laws, is ever true: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!” Do not fear to approach him whether your wound is from actions of fleshly defiance or weakness. Acknowledge, repent, reach out and rely. He is most willing to help set you aright again. He loves you still… It is in His nature. “He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13). All hope is not lost. Christ is praying for you even now (Heb. 7:25).

He says to you, “Rise, let us be going...” (Matt. 26:46).

More tomorrow…

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