“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Life seems to always be working in trends or cycles of some sort, and the Christian lifestyle is no exception. An unfortunate trend that many Christians have adopted and accepted as a part of their faith, is the idea of waiting to hit rock bottom until they surrender their lives or current circumstances to God.
This trend usually begins with a subtle dismissal of God, whether it’s because we feel like we have our life together and that we don’t need any help – or maybe because we want to do things our way. Whatever the reason, this mentality, without fail, will lead us through a self destructive path and dump us in the not-so-unfamiliar place referred to as “rock bottom.”
When we feel like we’ve come to the end of ourselves and that there’s truly nothing else we can do to fix the circumstances in our lives, we finally admit to not only God, but also ourselves, we are unable to live this life without Him and that we need His direction and guidance.
The Lord is our Savior, and He is always there to pick us up when we begin to stumble, fall or hit rock bottom. Throughout the Bible we are reminded and encouraged to seek Him in times of trial, doubt or fear, but it is equally as important to praise Him in the mundane, less dramatic moments of life, or when our lives seem to going pretty well! James 5:13 reminds of this when he says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” Jesus is not just for our troubles, but He should be incorporated into every season of our lives.
We do not want to get caught in this cycle of running our lives the way we want, self destructing and hitting rock bottom (again) and then calling on to the Lord. No, we will not subject ourselves to this when He offers His grace every day of every month of every year! We will rejoice in God in all seasons and look to Him through the good and the bad!
But when we do hit rock bottom, because we all will hit rock bottom, God will be patiently waiting for us. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” He will be there in the sadness, loneliness and confusion, waiting to catch your heart and redirect your life.
He is stronger than we are weak. He is forgiving, when we deserve nothing but judgment and condemnation. He is constant and patient, despite our fleeting emotions and wandering heart.
Jesus is so good to us, and we are forever thankful!
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