Do you ever have those moments in which you find yourself wondering how God could ever use you? What there is about you that could be used for Kingdom work? Or if you'll ever find your way back to that place where you know that you and God are OK?
Me too. In fact, my humanity rears its ugly head all the time. I find myself revisiting old mistakes, past hurts, character flaws, the things I'm not good at, everything I've ever said that maybe I shouldn't have...... and then I wonder if God and I are still OK. Has any of this driven an immovable wedge between us? Whew! It's exhausting in my head!
Mercifully, we have one thing which is immovable. Unchangeable. Eternal. Foundational. Scripture! God's love letter to us is timeless and offers hope and help for even my crazy self. Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) has been a balm for my weary soul and a hope for uncertainty. It says, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Please don't miss the simplicity and the weight of that. In this context, nothing is everything! Consider the following list.
no knowledge of scripture
not liking church music
can't stop swearing
what I don't know
what I do know
lack of education
I really could go on and on with the things that become our 'very good' excuses for why we don't rest in God – hiding in the shadow of His wing [Psalm 36:7 (NLT) “All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.”]. The truth is, once we put on Christ in baptism, and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, NOTHING can keep us from God. Unless we willfully and with malice trample the blood of Christ underfoot and turn away from Him:
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US
We were made for this, to walk with our hand in His. We were made to be children of the Most High. “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” [Psalm 102:18 (NIV)]. We are those people. Let our prayer always be that we would run to God instead of away when life gets in the way. It is in Him that we continue to find hope and healing.
“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” [Psalm 27:5 (NIV)]
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” [Psalm 91:1 (NIV)]