In the years I’ve been saved, I have fallen on my knees in failure more than once. There was a time when my circumstances overwhelmed me and I dropped to my knees pleading for God to find a way forward. There was a time when I realized I was holding back from God and I went to my knees and opened my hands, praying to completely surrender my heart and life. And I have found myself in a heap on the floor confessing I was at the end of myself and my human strength, praying for forgiveness for living life my way instead of His.
The Christian life isn’t a one-time confession and conversion. It starts there but that’s not the end. Living as a Christian in this world is a process, a journey, an adventure with an all-knowing, ever-present, never-let-go God.
When we fail, God doesn’t make us start over. He gives us a fresh start.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;Lamentations 3:22-23
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
When we fail, He doesn’t push us away, He pulls us closer.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.”1 John 4:18-19
When we come to Him with our sincere repentance, He wraps us in His arms and His love and sacrifice wash us clean again.
Being in right relationship doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”Romans 6:1-2
Living in right relationship with God means trusting His Way is the only way. It’s confessing He is always right when we are often wrong.
He’s not a magic genie. He’s not a deity we have to somehow placate with our offerings and grovel at our failures. He’s a Father. His greatest desire is our heart. He wants relationship.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”Ephesians 1:3-4
When we fall He lifts us up.
When we stray, He comes after us.
We cannot be separated from His love.
No matter how many times we give up on ourselves or give up on Him, He will never give up on us.
Wherever you are, He is there.
Even when you don’t recognize yourself.
Even when your life falls apart.
Even when you’re ready to give up.
Even then He is there.
Accept the grace He offers.
Have the faith to take His hand.
Follow after Him.
Because He is the Way.