20 Apr I Must – 4/20/21
Psalm 138:8 – “The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. I have to believe this. Yet sometimes I have doubt: “What if God has abandoned me?” “What if there is no God at all?” What ifs are sinfully attractive. I can’t possibly be alone in this fault. To my understanding, faith is not the absence of doubt, but the response to it…so I would like to perceive my doubts as an opportunity to exercise faith. In my response to doubt, or when asked why I trust and follow the Lord, I instinctively determine that I must. I have experienced nothing in this world that could possibly satisfy me in the way Christ has. I must believe that Christ will use every tear shed, every ounce of my hurt, and every consequence of my selfishness in fulfilling His purpose for me. There is no moral objectivity, absolute truth, or logical conclusion apart from this: Christ died so I may live. And three days later He was resurrected to assure there is nothing that can separate me from His love.
Father, I pray that this personal revelation can be a congregational revelation. As we cry out to you, in the midst of our doubt, I pray that we can have faith in your faithfulness. Your love endures forever – there is no expiration to your love, there is no end to your grace. Let us find peace in your Son as the only way, the only truth, and the only life. All praise be for your glory, amen.