Who am I kidding? Myself!
I long for complete honesty, yet I myself am untruthful.
I long for companionship on a deep Godly foundation, yet I do nothing.
I long for grandchildren who KNOW God, yet I say little.
I long for a continual conversation with God, yet I am distracted.
I long for …. fill in the blanks…. yet in as much as it relies on me to…I don’t.
We fail in so many ways. We fall down, we trip over, we stumble, we cause others to stumble, we fake it, we want to look good, sound good, be good.
If I believe God’s word, and I do, none of us is good… scary thought, isn’t it. But I love how His word always gives the solution to the problem…He does not leave us senseless to our own devices. He gave us the Provision for us to be good, holy, clean. Amazing. Grace.
If you struggle with all of this and are at the point where you are past self-deception and realize that we’re all “bad”- you are not alone.
Take heart, His Provision is here!
At this time of year, we often think of the babe in the manger and push back the thought of this precious babe grown up, beaten, bleeding, nailed to the cross. But the same Grace that gave us this babe also nailed His Son to the cross to give us the only gift that counts- His Provision!
Gifts are to be given and accepted. Take the gift, grab hold of it, open it and wear it! It’s a perfect fit! Though the expression and word pic may be trite, the gift is not!
When you are singing “Silent Night” this year think of another song while you are at it. “Amazing Grace”
God is Good. We are not. But, with the gift of His Provision…
” This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:5-10
TAKE THE GIFT!