Sunday, July 8, 2007

Life at the speed of grace...

Every generation encounters the pressures of life, but no generation has had to cope with stress as much as this present generation. Everywhere you go, you find people struggling to stay on top of their own situation. In the midst of these hectic experiences, Christians are trying to glorify God. For some it may have proved too demanding.

Very often we may be tempted to think that relating to God is a frenzy of activity, of praying, fasting and witnessing, that's not true. We must get to know the God who lets us lie down and gives us sleep, as the Bible says in Psalm 23:2-3: "He makes me lie down in green pastures...he restores my soul" and "grants sleep to those He loves" (Psalm 127:2 NIV).

Sometimes in the midst of today's pressures of life we may feel that we have not met God's expectations, that we have failed God. Then the devil seizes the opportunity to tell us the lie that when we fail God, we have to suffer for it. What a big lie! When we fail, Jesus does not keep away from us, instead, he comes to us. Remember that Jesus did not reject Peter after he denied Him three times. Rather, Jesus re-gathered His disciples after His resurrection, and even provided food for them as you will read in John 21:12. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that "My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak." And so hear what the Apostle Paul has to say when he got this revelation, "I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me" (2Corinthians 12:9).

When the pressures of life begins to overwhelm you today, you must remember to run to God in prayer in order to feel His protection and power.