Awe in God’s work, despite our failures…

Discussion/Devotional Thought of the Day:

Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things he has for us in the future. 3 This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a hope of future joys – we can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us. Already we have some experience of the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us. Romans 5

“Faced with the marvels of God, and with all our human failures, we have to make this admission: “You are everything to me. Use me as you wish!” Then there will be no more loneliness for you—for us.” (1)

The Bible passage quoted at the top, is one I am going to use today, as I am tasked with the privilege of bringing God’s comfort – His peace to those who mourn.  It amazes me now, as a middle aged pastor, as it did in my younger days, how much of a wonder it is, that God can use such a… hmmm too many derogatory labels fit – pick anyone of them – it should fit – to bring into peoples lives His promise – especially to reveal to them that He is here, with us, comforting us, healing us, strengthening our faith, our hope. 

It assures me, that the very promises I speak for others, they are true for me as well. John Edwards once wrote a book/sermon entitled “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God”. Though it has been years since I have read it, I thank God that I don’t know that God, because of Jesus, all I know is “sinners in the hands of a God who calls us to enter His presence with confidence, with joy!’  Such is a God who desires that we live in peace – with His creation, with His people, with Him.

The Marvels of God… yeah – overwhelming to think of it….how could so much love- be ours!..

Please take time to.. take time to remember you dwell in that love… take time to revel in it.

(1)  Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 2713-2715). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on February 16, 2013, in Devotions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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